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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT


FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN

ASCION, LLC, :
d/b/a REVERIE :
: Civil Action No: _
Plaintiff, :
:
vs. : COMPLAINT FOR PATENT
: INFRINGEMENT
TEMPUR SEALY INTERNATIONAL, :
INC., (f/k/a TEMPUR-PEDIC : Demand for Jury Trial
INTERNATIONAL, INC.) AND TEMPUR- :
PEDIC MANAGEMENT, LLC :
:
Defendants. :
:

Plaintiff Ascion, LLC, d/b/a Reverie (Reverie), complains against

Defendants Tempur Sealy International, Inc., f/k/a Tempur-Pedic International,

Inc. (Tempur Sealy), and Tempur-Pedic Management, LLC (Tempur

Management) (collectively, Tempur-Pedic or Defendants) as follows:

THE PARTIES
1. Plaintiff Ascion, LLC, d/b/a Reverie (Reverie) is a limited liability

corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Michigan, with

its principal place of business located at 750 Denison Ct., Bloomfield Hills,

Michigan 48302.

2. Reverie is an innovator in bedding technology, particularly adjustable

bed technology. Reverie has made significant investments of funds and employee

time in research and development and in building its innovative intellectual

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property portfolio. Due to its investments and innovative culture, Reverie has been

awarded approximately 46 patents in the bedding field, including the patents

asserted in this litigation.

3. Defendant Tempur Sealy is a corporation organized and existing

under the laws of the state of Delaware, with its principal place of business located

at 1000 Tempur Way, Lexington, Kentucky 40511. Upon information and belief,

Tempur Sealy was formerly known as Tempur-Pedic International, Inc., until it

changed its name in or about 2013 in conjunction with its acquisition of Sealy

Corporation.

4. Defendant Tempur Management is, upon information and belief, a

Delaware limited liability corporation with its principal place of business located at

1000 Tempur Way, Lexington, Kentucky 40511. Tempur Management is, upon

information and belief, a subsidiary of Tempur Sealy.

JURISDICTION AND VENUE


5. This is an action for patent infringement arising under the patent laws

of the United States, Title 35 U.S.C. 1 et seq. This Court has subject matter

jurisdiction over the claims pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1331, 1332, 1367(a) and

1338(a).

6. This action also involves allegations of breach of confidentiality

agreements under state and common law. This Court has subject matter

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jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. 1332. The parties are citizens of different states and

the amount in controversy exceeds the sum or value of $75,000. Alternatively, this

Court may hear the state and common law claims under the doctrine of

supplemental jurisdiction, 28 U.S.C. 1367(a), because these claims arise from the

same core of facts or related facts and circumstances.

7. Tempur Sealy is a global bedding company with extensive operations

in the United States. Tempur Sealy directly and through its distributors and other

intermediaries makes, uses, sells, imports in the United States, and/or imports into

the United States, various bedding products, including adjustable beds and

foundations, remote controls for adjustable beds, software for touch screen remote

controls, and related products, including the products accused of infringement in

this case.

8. Tempur Sealy and Tempur Management have availed themselves of

the benefits and privileges of conducting business in the State of Michigan, and the

exercise of jurisdiction over them would not offend traditional notions of fair play

and substantial justice. For example, Tempur Sealy markets and sells products in

Michigan, including the products accused of patent infringement and products that

result from breach of confidentiality agreements with Reverie. Tempur Sealy also

operates or does substantial business with elite retailers and authorized

retailers who sell Tempur Sealy bedding products in Michigan, including products

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alleged to infringe Reveries patents. Tempur Sealy and Tempur Management

have also entered into contracts with Reverie.

9. Venue is proper in this District pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1391 and

1400(b). Tempur Sealy and Tempur Management have committed, and are

continuing to commit, acts of patent infringement and breach of contract in this

District; Tempur Sealy maintains regular business operations in this District; and

Tempur Sealy is subject to personal jurisdiction in this district.

REVERIES PATENTS
10. This action arises out of Defendants infringement of seven patents

owned by Reverie.

11. On March 25, 2014, United States Patent No. 8,682,457 (the 457

Patent), entitled Wireless Control of an Adjustable Bed, was duly and legally

issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The 457 Patent has

been duly and legally assigned to Reverie. A true and correct copy of the 457

Patent is attached as Exhibit A.

12. On December 9, 2014, United States Patent No. 8,909,357 (the 357

Patent), entitled System for Tandem Bed Communication, was duly and legally

issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The 357 Patent has

been duly and legally assigned to Reverie. A true and correct copy of the 357

Patent is attached as Exhibit B.

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13. On October 25, 2011, United States Patent No. 8,046,116 (the 116

Patent), entitled Controlling an Adjustable Bed and a Second System With a

Modular Controller, was duly and legally issued by the United States Patent and

Trademark Office. The 116 Patent has been duly and legally assigned to Reverie.

A true and correct copy of the 116 Patent is attached as Exhibit C.

14. On October 22, 2013, United States Patent No. 8,565,934 (the 934

Patent), entitled Touch Screen Control of an Adjustable Bed, was duly and

legally issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The 934 Patent

has been duly and legally assigned to Reverie. A true and correct copy of the 934

Patent is attached as Exhibit D.

15. On June 2, 2015, United States Patent No. 9,044,366 (the 366

Patent), entitled Adjustable Mattress Support Facility, was duly and legally

issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The 366 Patent has

been duly and legally assigned to Reverie. A true and correct copy of the 366

Patent is attached as Exhibit E.

16. On June 2, 2015, United States Patent No. 8,869,328 (the 328

Patent), entitled System of Two-Way Communication in an Adjustable Bed with

Memory, was duly and legally issued by the United States Patent and Trademark

Office. The 328 Patent has been duly and legally assigned to Reverie. A true and

correct copy of the 328 Patent is attached as Exhibit F.

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17. On January 6, 2015, United States Design Patent No. D720,553 (the

D553 Patent), entitled Adjustable Bed, was duly and legally issued by the

United States Patent and Trademark Office. The D533 Patent has been duly and

legally assigned to Reverie. A true and correct copy of the D553 Patent is attached

as Exhibit G.

18. Reverie is the owner of the 457, 116, 357, 934, 366, 328, and

D553 Patents (Reverie Patents) with the full and exclusive right to bring suit to

enforce the Reverie Patents.

19. The Reverie Patents are presumed to be valid and enforceable under

35 U.S.C. 282.

20. Tempur Sealy and Tempur Management have actual and constructive

knowledge of the Reverie Patents. Reverie marks its products embodying the

patented features in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 287(a), thus giving Defendants

constructive notice. In addition, Reverie gave actual notice to Defendants in

communications with Defendants, including but not limited to an email dated June

3, 2015, and a meeting at Tempur Sealys offices in Kentucky on June 4, 2015.

REVERIES PATENTED PRODUCTS

21. Reverie manufactures and sells a number of bedding products,

including mattresses, foundations, and adjustable beds that embody one or more

inventions claimed in Reveries numerous patents.

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22. Among the Reverie products that embody Reveries patented

technology are, for example, the Deluxe, Reverie 3E, Reverie 5D, Reverie

7S, Reverie 8Q, and the Serta Pivot, as well as several others. Exemplary

patented products are depicted below.

23. Reveries bedding products compete in the marketplace with Tempur

Sealys bedding products, including those products now accused of infringement

and especially adjustable bedding products.

THE ALLEGED PATENT INFRINGEMENT

24. Defendants design, make, import, use, sell, and/or offer for sale a

wide range of bedding products, including adjustable bed products, foundations,

remote controls, and adjustable bed software, including but not limited to the

TEMPUR-Ergo Premier, TEMPUR-Ergo Grand, Ergo Link, TEMPUR-Ergo

Grand Wireless Remote, TEMPUR-Ergo Premier Wireless Remote, TEMPUR-

Ergo Smart Control App, TEMPUR-Up Foundation, TEMPUR-Ergo Plus

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Adjustable Base, Sealy Reflexion Up Foundation and other adjustable bed products

and remote controls that incorporate similar features and functionality.

25. As alleged herein, Defendants have engaged in actions that directly

and indirectly infringe the Reverie Patents.

26. For one or more of the Reverie Patents, Defendants have directly

infringed under 35 U.S.C. 271(a) by making, using, selling, offering to sell,

and/or importing infringing products into the United States.

27. For one or more of the Reverie Patents, Defendants are actively

inducing infringement under 35 U.S.C. 271(b) by encouraging acts of direct

infringement, when Defendants know (or believe there is a high probability, but

are taking deliberate steps to avoid knowing) that they are inducing direct

infringement. Defendants acts of encouragement include but are not limited to (a)

making, selling, offering for sale, importing, and/or encouraging the use of Tempur

Sealy adjustable beds, and (b) encouraging and/or instructing third parties on how

to download and use the TEMPUR-Ergo Smart Control App on touch screen

devices operating the Apple iOS and Android operating systems.

28. For one or more of the Reverie Patents, Defendants have

contributorily infringed under 35 U.S.C. 271(c) by selling or offering to sell

within, or importing into, the United States a component of a patented machine,

manufacture, combination, or composition, or a material or apparatus for use in

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practicing a patented process, constituting a material part of the claimed

invention(s), knowing the same to be specially made or adapted for an infringing

use, and not a staple article or commodity of commerce suitable for substantial

noninfringing use.

29. Exemplary claim charts showing infringement by representative

products of one or more representative claims of each of the Reverie Patents are

attached as Exhibit H. These claim charts are based on preliminary analysis and

may be amended or supplemented after further investigation and discovery in this

action. The claim charts are for notice purposes under Fed. R. Civ. P. 8 and 12.

30. In addition, as the side-by-side comparison shown below reveals,

Defendants have infringed Reveries patented adjustable bed base design (subject

of the D533 Patent) through their manufacture, use, offers to sell, and sale of

various products, including the Tempur-Ergo Plus Adjustable Base depicted below.

D553 Patent Tempur-Ergo Plus Adjustable Base

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31. As seen in the allegations below, during meetings with Reverie in

which the parties were, ostensibly, working toward a joint development

relationship or other business relationship, Reverie showed Defendants its

innovative products and prototypes under development and told Defendants about

its patents and pending patent applications. Tempur Sealy and Tempur

Management learned about Reveries innovations in adjustable bed technology

and, despite entering into strict non-disclosure/confidentiality agreements, used the

proprietary and confidential information they had learned from Reverie to

introduce competing products based on the patented technology that Reverie

developed.

BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY OBLIGATIONS


32. From about 2006 through about late 2013 or early 2014, Reverie and

Tempur Sealy maintained a business relationship. During this time, Reverie

supplied Tempur Sealy with various products, components, parts, and technology.

During the course of this business relationship, Tempur-Pedic became aware of

Reveries innovative products, capabilities, confidential information, technical

specifications and designs, and burgeoning patent portfolio.

33. In or around 2005, Martin Rawls-Meehan, Chief Executive Officer of

Reverie and inventor of the Reverie Patents, contacted Tempur Sealy about the

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possibility of entering a business arrangement under which Reverie would supply

components to Tempur Sealy and assist in developing adjustable bed foundations.

34. In or around 2009, the parties entered into a confidentiality agreement,

and Reverie shared with Defendants confidential information under that

agreement. On or around December 14, 2012, Reverie and Tempur Sealy entered

into a second confidentiality agreement, entitled Mutual Confidential Disclosure

Agreement (2012 MCDA). The 2012 MCDA obliges the parties to not use or

disclose confidential information, including proprietary inventions and designs,

proprietary technical data, patent applications, know-how, technical and

engineering data, drawings, schematics, blueprints and trade secrets. Furthermore,

the 2012 MCDA prohibited the parties from copying, reproducing, reverse

engineering, or designing around products and confidential information disclosed

during the relationship. A true and correct copy of the 2012 MCDA is attached as

Exhibit I.

35. Also, on or around December 14, 2012, Reverie and Tempur Sealys

Tempur Management subsidiary entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) related to

Reveries manufacturing and supplying to Tempur Sealy new adjustable

foundations. The LOI stated that the parties obligations under the 2012 Mutual

Confidentiality Agreement would survive following the conclusion of negotiations

between the parties.

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36. During the course of the relationship with Tempur Sealy, and under

the confidentiality agreements, Mr. Rawls-Meehan and other Reverie employees

discussed with Tempur Sealy confidential information related to designs, concepts,

manufacturing details, and costs associated with adjustable bed technology. For

example, Mr. Rawls-Meehan discussed with Tempur Sealy a new product concept

for a head-up only foundation. Mr. Rawls-Meehan offered that Reverie would

manufacture and supply said product to Tempur Sealy.

37. Reverie also discussed with Defendants other new product concepts

for various adjustable bed related technologies, including, for example, wireless

remote controls, touchscreen remote controls, and smartphone application remote

controls. Indeed, Reverie shared with Tempur Sealy confidential presentations

showing touch screen applications (e.g., for use with Apple iPhones, iPads, iPods,

Android mobile devices, and similar equipment) for controlling adjustable beds,

and Tempur Sealy later introduced such products. The communications included

manufacturing details and schematics for such products. Mr. Rawls-Meehan

offered that Reverie would manufacture and supply such products and/or software

to Tempur Sealy.

38. Reverie also shared proprietary designs and schematics for adjustable

bed foundations, cost and supplier information, and other confidential business and

technical information that gave Defendants a competitive advantage.

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39. As one example, Reverie shared with Tempur Sealy and Tempur

Management in late 2012 or early 2013, under the confidentiality obligations of the

parties agreements, design schematics and 3-D models for a new lift arm for use

in adjustable bed foundations. Reverie offered to manufacture the component for

Tempur Sealy. Tempur Sealy did not accept the offer, but now includes a lift arm

of the same design in its products.

40. In late 2013 or early 2014, Tempur Sealy terminated its business

relationship with Reverie.

41. On information and belief, Defendants improperly reverse engineered

and/or copied product concepts, designs, schematics, and other confidential

information that Reverie disclosed in connection with the confidentiality

agreements. On information and belief, Defendants make, use, offer for sale, and

sell products that copy or are made according to Reveries products, product

concepts, and/or confidential designs and processes.

42. On information and belief, Tempur Sealy improperly disclosed

Reveries confidential information to its suppliers in violation of the confidentiality

agreements. On information and belief, Tempur Sealys suppliers used Reveries

confidential information to manufacture components, bed foundations, and the like

for Tempur Sealy.

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COUNT ONE
Infringement of the 457 Patent
43. Plaintiff repeats and re-alleges the allegations of paragraphs 1-42

above as if fully set forth herein.

44. Defendants have infringed and continue to infringe, literally and/or

under the doctrine of equivalents, one or more claims of the 457 Patent, including

but not limited to representative Claim 20 (as exemplified in the attached

preliminary claim chart), directly and/or indirectly, in violation of 35 U.S.C. 271,

by making, using, selling, offering to sell and/or importing adjustable bed

productsincluding but not limited to the Tempur Ergo Premier and Tempur-Ergo

Grandin the United States (and/or by contributing to and/or inducing these acts).

45. Defendants have actual and constructive notice of the 457 Patent at

least by virtue of communications between Defendants and Reverie and because

Reverie has marked its products in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 287(a).

46. On information and belief, Reverie alleges that Defendants

infringement of the 457 Patent has been and continues to be intentional and

willful. As alleged above, Reverie disclosed its patents and technology to

Defendants under confidentiality obligations but Defendants misappropriated the

technology and their knowledge of Reveries patents to compete with Reverie. At

the very least, and upon information and belief, Defendants introduced its

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competing products with reckless indifference as to whether the products infringed

Reveries patents.

47. Reverie has sustained damages as a direct and proximate result of

Defendants infringement of the 457 Patent.

48. Reverie will suffer and is suffering irreparable harm from Defendants

infringement of the 457 Patent. Reverie has no adequate remedy at law and is

entitled to an injunction against Defendants continuing infringement of the 457

Patent. Unless enjoined, Defendants will continue their infringement.

COUNT TWO
Infringement of the 357 Patent
49. Plaintiff repeats and re-alleges the allegations of paragraphs 1-48

above as if fully set forth herein.

50. Defendants have infringed and continue to infringe, literally and/or

under the doctrine of equivalents, one or more claims of the 357 Patent, including

but not limited to representative Claim 14 (as exemplified in the attached

preliminary claim chart), directly and/or indirectly, in violation of 35 U.S.C. 271,

by making, using, selling, offering to sell and/or importing adjustable bed

productsincluding but not limited to the Tempur Ergo Premier and Tempur-Ergo

Grandin the United States (and/or by contributing to and/or inducing these acts).

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51. Defendants have actual and constructive notice of the 357 Patent at

least by virtue of communications between Defendants and Reverie and because

Reverie has marked its products in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 287(a).

52. On information and belief, Reverie alleges that Defendants

infringement of the 357 Patent has been and continues to be intentional and

willful.

53. Reverie has sustained damages as a direct and proximate result of

Defendants infringement of the 357 Patent.

54. Reverie will suffer and is suffering irreparable harm from Defendants

infringement of the 357 Patent. Reverie has no adequate remedy at law and is

entitled to an injunction against Defendants continuing infringement of the 357

Patent. Unless enjoined, Defendants will continue their infringement.

COUNT THREE
Infringement of the 116 Patent
55. Plaintiff repeats and re-alleges the allegations of paragraphs 1-54

above as if fully set forth herein.

56. Defendants have infringed and continues to infringe, literally and/or

under the doctrine of equivalents, one or more claims of the 116 Patent, including

but not limited to representative Claim 33 (as exemplified in the attached

preliminary claim chart), directly and/or indirectly, in violation of 35 U.S.C. 271,

by making, using, selling, offering to sell and/or importing adjustable bed

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productsincluding but not limited to the Tempur Ergo Premier and Tempur-Ergo

Grandin the United States (and/or by contributing to and/or inducing these acts).

57. Defendants have actual and constructive notice of the 116 Patent at

least by virtue of communications between Defendants and Reverie and because

Reverie has marked its products in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 287(a).

58. On information and belief, Reverie alleges that Defendants

infringement of the 116 Patent has been and continues to be intentional and

willful.

59. Reverie has sustained damages as a direct and proximate result of

Defendants infringement of the 116 Patent.

60. Reverie will suffer and is suffering irreparable harm from Defendants

infringement of the 116 Patent. Reverie has no adequate remedy at law and is

entitled to an injunction against Defendants continuing infringement of the 116

Patent. Unless enjoined, Defendants will continue their infringement.

COUNT FOUR
Infringement of the 934 Patent
61. Plaintiff repeats and re-alleges the allegations of paragraphs 1-60

above as if fully set forth herein.

62. Defendants have infringed and continues to infringe, literally and/or

under the doctrine of equivalents, one or more claims of the 934 Patent, including

but not limited to representative Claim 1 (as exemplified in the attached

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preliminary claim chart), directly and/or indirectly, in violation of 35 U.S.C. 271,

by making, using, selling, offering to sell and/or importing adjustable bed

productsincluding but not limited to the Tempur Ergo Premier and Tempur-Ergo

Grandin the United States (and/or by contributing to and/or inducing these acts).

63. Defendants have actual and constructive notice of the 934 Patent at

least by virtue of communications between Defendants and Reverie and because

Reverie has marked its products in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 287(a).

64. On information and belief, Defendants actions as alleged herein have

actively induced and/or are continuing to actively induce infringement of the 934

Patent by encouraging acts of direct infringement, and Defendants know (or

believe there is a high probability, but are taking deliberate steps to avoid

knowing) that they are inducing direct infringement by (a) making, using, selling,

offering to sell and/or importing adjustable bed productsincluding but not

limited to the Tempur Ergo Premier and Tempur-Ergo Grand and (b) selling,

supplying, encouraging, supporting, providing for download, and instructing users

on how to install and use the Tempur-Ergo Smart Control App for use on Apple

iOS and Android touch screen devices, with the intent that these products be used

by such third party users and entities to infringe the 934 Patent.

65. For example, Defendants product literature for the Tempur-Ergo

Premier and Tempur-Ergo Grand products, including the product manuals,

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encourages and instructs Tempur Sealys users on how to download and configure

the Tempur-Ergo Smart Control App for use on touch screen devices. Defendants

are therefore aware that their customers and other third parties are infringing the

934 Patent.

66. On information and belief, Reverie alleges that Defendants

infringement of the 934 Patent has been and continues to be intentional and

willful.

67. Reverie has sustained damages as a direct and proximate result of

Defendants infringement of the 934 Patent.

68. Reverie will suffer and is suffering irreparable harm from Defendants

infringement of the 934 Patent. Reverie has no adequate remedy at law and is

entitled to an injunction against Defendants continuing infringement of the 934

Patent. Unless enjoined, Defendants will continue their infringement.

COUNT FIVE
Infringement of the 366 Patent
69. Plaintiff repeats and re-alleges the allegations of paragraphs 1-68

above as if fully set forth herein.

70. Defendants have infringed and continue to infringe, literally and/or

under the doctrine of equivalents, one or more claims of the 366 Patent, including

but not limited to representative Claim 14 (as exemplified in the attached

preliminary claim chart), directly and/or indirectly, in violation of 35 U.S.C. 271,

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by making, using, selling, offering to sell and/or importing adjustable bed

productsincluding but not limited to the Tempur Up Foundation and Sealy

Reflexion Up Foundationin the United States (and/or by contributing to and/or

inducing these acts).

71. Defendants have actual and constructive notice of the 366 Patent at

least by virtue of communications between Defendants and Reverie and because

Reverie has marked its products in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 287(a).

72. On information and belief, Reverie alleges that Defendants

infringement of the 366 Patent has been and continues to be intentional and

willful.

73. Reverie has sustained damages as a direct and proximate result of

Defendants infringement of the 366 Patent.

74. Reverie will suffer and is suffering irreparable harm from Defendants

infringement of the 366 Patent. Reverie has no adequate remedy at law and is

entitled to an injunction against Defendants continuing infringement of the 366

Patent. Unless enjoined, Defendants will continue their infringement.

COUNT SIX
Infringement of the 328 Patent
75. Plaintiff repeats and re-alleges the allegations of paragraphs 1-74

above as if fully set forth herein.

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76. Defendants have infringed and continues to infringe, literally and/or

under the doctrine of equivalents, one or more claims of the 328 Patent, including

but not limited to representative Claim 1 (as exemplified in the attached

preliminary claim chart), directly and/or indirectly, in violation of 35 U.S.C. 271,

by making, using, selling, offering to sell and/or importing adjustable bed

productsincluding but not limited to the Tempur Ergo Premier and Tempur-Ergo

Grandin the United States (and/or by contributing to and/or inducing these acts).

77. Defendants have actual and constructive notice of the 328 Patent at

least by virtue of communications between Defendants and Reverie and because

Reverie has marked its products in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 287(a).

78. On information and belief, Defendants actions as alleged herein have

actively induced and/or are continuing to actively induce infringement of the 328

Patent by encouraging acts of direct infringement, and Defendants know (or

believe there is a high probability, but are taking deliberate steps to avoid

knowing) that they are inducing direct infringement by (a) making, using, selling,

offering to sell and/or importing adjustable bed productsincluding but not

limited to the Tempur Ergo Premier and Tempur-Ergo Grand and (b) selling,

supplying, encouraging, supporting, providing for download, and instructing users

on how to install and use the Tempur-Ergo Smart Control App for use on Apple

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iOS and Android touch screen devices, with the intent that these products be used

by such third party users and entities to infringe the 328 Patent.

79. For example, Defendants product literature for the Tempur-Ergo

Premier and Tempur-Ergo Grand products, including the product manuals,

encourages and instructs Tempur Sealys users on how to download and configure

the Tempur-Ergo Smart Control App for use on touch screen devices. Defendants

are therefore aware that their customers and other third parties are infringing the

328 Patent.

80. On information and belief, Reverie alleges that Defendants

infringement of the 328 Patent has been and continues to be intentional and

willful.

81. Reverie has sustained damages as a direct and proximate result of

Defendants infringement of the 328 Patent.

82. Reverie will suffer and is suffering irreparable harm from Defendants

infringement of the 328 Patent. Reverie has no adequate remedy at law and is

entitled to an injunction against Defendants continuing infringement of the 328

Patent. Unless enjoined, Defendants will continue their infringement.

COUNT SEVEN
Infringement of the D553 Patent
83. Plaintiff repeats and re-alleges the allegations of paragraphs 1-82

above as if fully set forth herein.

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84. Defendants have infringed and continue to infringe, literally and/or

under the doctrine of equivalents, the claim of the D553 Patent, directly and/or

indirectly, in violation of 35 U.S.C. 271, by making, using, selling, offering to

sell and/or importing adjustable bed productsincluding but not limited to the

Tempur-Ergo Plus Adjustable Basein the United States (and/or by contributing

to and/or inducing these acts).

85. Defendants have actual and constructive notice of the D553 Patent at

least by virtue of communications between Defendants and Reverie and because

Reverie has marked its products in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 287(a).

86. On information and belief, Reverie alleges that Defendants

infringement of the D553 Patent has been and continues to be intentional and

willful.

87. Reverie has sustained damages as a direct and proximate result of

Defendants infringement of the D553 Patent.

88. Reverie will suffer and is suffering irreparable harm from Defendants

infringement of the D553 Patent. Reverie has no adequate remedy at law and is

entitled to an injunction against Defendants continuing infringement of the D553

Patent. Unless enjoined, Defendants will continue their infringement.

COUNT EIGHT
Breach of Confidentiality Agreements

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89. Plaintiff repeats and re-alleges the allegations of paragraphs 1-88

above as if fully set forth herein.

90. Pursuant to the terms of the 2009 and 2012 confidentiality agreements

referenced above, Reverie provided Tempur Sealy with confidential information,

including technical specifications, product designs, manufacturing and cost

information, and product concepts regarding Reveries adjustable bed technology,

including, for example, foundations, software, remote controls, and components.

91. Pursuant to the terms of the confidentiality agreements, Tempur Sealy

was required to hold Reveries confidential information in confidence, not to use it,

or disclose it. For example, the 2012 MCDA prohibited the parties from copying,

reproducing, reverse engineering, or designing around products and confidential

information disclosed following the agreement.

92. Under the LOI, the same terms of the 2012 MCDA were applied to

Tempur Management.

93. Reverie met all of its obligations under the agreements.

94. Defendants, in breach of the agreements, used the information

provided by Reverie for their own benefit for purposes directly prohibited by the

terms of the agreements. Specifically, Defendants used Reveries confidential

information to create their own products nearly identical to Reveries, including,

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for example, remote controls, remote control applications and software, controllers,

and adjustable bed foundations.

DAMAGES
95. Reverie has suffered, is suffering, and unless restrained by the Court,

will continue to suffer injury to its business and property rights as a result of

Tempur Sealys patent infringement, for which it is entitled to damages pursuant to

35 U.S.C. 284-285, 289 in an amount to be proven at trial.

96. Reverie has suffered, is suffering, and unless restrained by the Court,

will continue to suffer injury to its business and property rights as a result of

Tempur Sealys breach of contract, for which it is entitled to damages.

INJUNCTION
97. Reverie has suffered, is suffering, and unless restrained by the Court,

will continue to suffer irreparable harm for which there is no adequate remedy at

law, as a result of Tempur Sealys patent infringement, for which it is entitled to

permanent injunctive relief pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 283.

98. Likewise, Reverie has suffered, is suffering, and unless restrained by

the Court, will continue to suffer irreparable harm for which there is no adequate

remedy at law, as a result of Tempur Sealys breach of contract, for which it is

entitled to permanent injunctive relief.

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PRAYER FOR RELIEF

WHEREFORE, Plaintiff Reverie requests that the Court enter judgment in


its favor and against Defendants as follows:
a. Declare that Defendants have infringed one or more claims of the
Reverie Patents;
b. Enter preliminary and permanent injunctions prohibiting Tempur
Sealy, its subsidiaries, segments, divisions, agents, employees, and all
parties who are in privity with Tempur Sealy and/or any of the
foregoing from infringing, contributing to the infringement of, and/or
inducing infringement of one or more of the Reverie Patents in Suit,
and for all further proper injunctive relief;
c. Award to Reverie damages, including treble damages based on any
finding of willfulness, for Defendants infringement, with pre-
judgment and post-judgment interest pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 284-
285;
d. Award to Reverie Defendants total profit for design patent
infringement pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 289;
e. Find this an exceptional case and award fees under 35 U.S.C. 285;
f. Award to Reverie damages for Defendants breach of the
confidentiality agreements, and;
g. Grant any and all such further relief as the Court deems just and
proper.
DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL

Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 38(b) and Local Rule 9.1, Plaintiff Reverie
demands a trial by jury on all issues so triable.

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MANTESE HONIGMAN, P.C.


Attorneys for Plaintiff,
ASCION, LLC

By: s/David Honigman


DAVE HONIGMAN (Mich. P33146)
dhonigman@manteselaw.com
KRISTA M. HOSMER (Mich. P68939)
khosmer@manteselaw.com
MANTESE HONIGMAN, P.C.
1361 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Telephone 248.457.9200
Facsimile 248.457.9201

ERIK PAUL BELT (Mass. BBO #558620)


ebelt@mccarter.com
BRIAN J. LARIVEE (Mass. BBO #673928)
blarivee@mccarter.com
applications for admission forthcoming
MCCARTER & ENGLISH, LLP
265 Franklin Street
Boston, MA 02110-3113
Telephone 617.449.6500
Facsimile 617.607.9200
Attorneys for Plaintiff,
ASCION, LLC, d/b/a Reverie

Date: June 5, 2015

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INDEX OF EXHIBITS

Exhibit A 457 Patent

Exhibit B 357 Patent

Exhibit C 116 Patent

Exhibit D 934 Patent

Exhibit E 366 Patent

Exhibit F 328 Patent

Exhibit G D533 Patent

Exhibit H Claim Charts

Exhibit I 2012 MCDA


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EXHIBIT A
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111111 1111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
US008682457B2

(12) United States Patent (10) Patent No.: US 8,682,457 B2


Rawls-Meehan (45) Date of Patent: *Mar. 25, 2014

(54) WIRELESS CONTROL OF AN ADJUSTABLE 2,147,538 A 2/1939 Maguire et al.


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Related U.S. Application Data (Continued)


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(51) Int. Cl. (57) ABSTRACT


G05B 13/00 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. Cl. Aspects of this invention relate to an adjustable bed that may
USPC .............................. 700/66; 700/275; 700/302 include one or more articulating portions, and may include
(58) Field of Classification Search one or more components, including an air inflatable mattress
USPC ............ 700/13,64,66,302; 5/600, 613, 616; associated with the adjustable bed frame, a programmable
318116; 340/573 logic controller, a remote memory storage facility, a remote
See application file for complete search history. storage location of user preferences, a cell phone remote
control, a modular control device, an air purification facility,
(56) References Cited a power outlet controller, a Bluetooth remote control, an ultra
wide band remote control, a wireless USB remote control,
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WIRELESS CONTROL OF AN ADJUSTABLE may include one or more components, including an air inflat-
BED able mattress associated with the adjustable bed frame, a
programmable logic controller, a remote memory storage
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED facility, a remote storage location of user preferences, a cell
APPLICATIONS phone remote control, a modular control device, an air puri-
fication facility, a power outlet controller, a Bluetooth remote
This application is a continuation of U.S. patent applica- control, an ultra wide band remote control, a wireless USB
tion Ser. No. 111875,866 filed Oct. 20, 2007, which is a remote control, and the like
continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 111855,354 An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
filed Sep. 14, 2007, which claims the benefit of the U.S. 10
that may include one or more articulating portions, including
Provisional. App. No. 60/825,607 filed on Sep. 14,2006. an air inflatable mattress associated with the adjustable bed
In an embodiment, the adjustable bed systems and methods frame, where the air adjustable mattress may be associated
described herein could be used in combination with the sys- with an air pump to regulate the air pressure in the air inflat-
tems and methods disclosed in U.S. Provisional Patent Appli-
15 able mattress, the air inflatable mattress may include flex
cation No. 60/823,891 filed on Aug. 29, 2006, and incorpo-
regions about which the air inflatable mattress can flex, a
rated by reference herein.
programmable logic controller (PLC) may be associated with
BACKGROUND the adjustable bed frame adapted to control at least one adjust-
able aspect of the adjustable bed, and the like.
1. Field 20 An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
This invention relates to an adjustable bed. that may include one or more articulating portions, including
2. Background an air inflatable mattress associated with the adjustable bed
Adjustable beds may contain at least one section of which frame, where the air adjustable mattress may be associated
a user may control the position. The user may typically adjust with an air pump to regulate the air pressure in the air inflat-
the bed by using a control to move the adjustable section in its 25 able mattress, the air inflatable mattress may include flex
direction of movement. Additionally, the adjustable bed may regions about which the air inflatable mattress may flex, a
include various types of mattresses and vibration of sections. remote memory storage facility may be adapted to be remove-
Often, users that have adjustable beds because a medical issue ably and replaceably connected to an adjustable bed frame
may require certain positions to aid recovery, positioning to controller associated with the adjustable bed frame, the
relieve discomfort as a result of pain, or the like. These users 30 remote memory may include information relating to at least
may, because of these issues, spend significant amount of one operational parameter related to control of the adjustable
time in the adjustable beds, some users may be confined to bed, and the like.
bed. An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
Many existing adjustable beds may provide the basic that may include one or more articulating portions, including
requirements of moving bed sections to positions that are 35 an air inflatable mattress associated with the adjustable bed
required by a user, but do not account for controlling other frame, where the air adjustable mattress may be associated
devices that may be beneficial to the user and provide for a with an air pump to regulate the air pressure in the air inflat-
level of independence to the user. able mattress, the air inflatable mattress may include flex
A typical adjustable bed may consist of a wood decking for regions about which the air inflatable mattress may flex, a
each of the sections of the bed connected together with hinges 40 remote storage location of user preferences, where the user
to allow the various positions between the sections. There are preferences may represent recall parameters relating to one or
actuators connected between the bed frame and the wood more adjustable aspects of the adjustable bed, and the like.
decking for moving the adjustable sections into user-desired An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
positions. The adjustable bed may have a "wall hugging" that may include one or more articulating portions, including
feature that maintains a consistent distance between the mat- 45 an air inflatable mattress associated with the adjustable bed
tress and the wall as the bed is adjusted. Some adjustable beds frame, where the air adjustable mattress may be associated
may use wooden or plastic slats to support the mattress with an air pump to regulate the air pressure in the air inflat-
instead of a solid wood platform. able mattress, the air inflatable mattress may flex regions
The adjustable bed may have at least one actuator to posi- about which the air inflatable mattress can flex, a cell phone
tion the adjustable bed sections. In some cases there is one 50 remote control may be adapted to control at least one adjust-
actuator to position more than one, such as positioning both able aspect of the adjustable bed, and the like.
the thigh and foot sections with one actuator. There may also An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
be more than one actuator for each adjustable section. that may include one or more articulating portions, including
Hospitals have used adjustable beds for many years to an air inflatable mattress associated with the adjustable bed
provide comfortable and medical required positions. 55 frame, where the air adjustable mattress may be associated
A need exists for an adjustable bed that provides for the with an air pump to regulate the air pressure in the air inflat-
adjustable function required in an adjustable bed and pro- able mattress, the air inflatable mattress may include flex
vides for control of additional devices, a plurality of different regions about which the air inflatable mattress may flex, a
bed section actuator types and movable memory types that modular control device, where the modular control device
may provide independent activities to the user of the adjust- 60 may be adapted to control at least one aspect of the adjustable
able bed. bed, and the like.
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
SUMMARY that may include one or more articulating portions, including
an air inflatable mattress associated with the adjustable bed
Provided herein are methods and systems for an adjustable 65 frame, where the air adjustable mattress may be associated
bed facility. Aspects of this invention relate to an adjustable with an air pump to regulate the air pressure in the air inflat-
bed that may include one or more articulating portions, and able mattress, the air inflatable mattress may include flex
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regions about which the air inflatable mattress may flex, an air An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
purification facility associated with the adjustable bed, and that may include one or more articulating portions, including
the like. a programmable logic controller (PLC) associated with the
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed adjustable bed frame that may be adapted to control at least
that may include one or more articulating portions, including one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, a modular control
an air inflatable mattress associated with the adjustable bed device, where the modular control device may be adapted to
frame, where the air adjustable mattress may be associated control at least one aspect of the adjustable bed by commu-
with an air pump to regulate the air pressure in the air inflat- nicating with the PLC, and the like.
able mattress, the air inflatable mattress may include flex An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
regions about which the air inflatable mattress may flex, a
10 that may include one or more articulating portions, including
power outlet controller may be adapted to control at least one
a programmable logic controller (PLC) associated with the
parameter of a power outlet associated with the adjustable
adjustable bed frame that may be adapted to control at least
bed, and the like.
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, an air purification
that may include one or more articulating portions, including 15 facility that may be associated with the adjustable bed, and
an air inflatable mattress associated with the adjustable bed the like.
frame, where the air adjustable mattress may be associated An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
with an air pump to regulate the air pressure in the air inflat- that may include one or more articulating portions, including
able mattress, the air inflatable mattress may include flex a programmable logic controller (PLC) associated with the
regions about which the air inflatable mattress may flex, a 20 adjustable bed frame that may be adapted to control at least
Bluetooth remote control may be adapted to control at least one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, a power outlet
one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, and the like. controller that may be adapted to control at least one param-
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed eter of a power outlet associated with the adjustable bed by
that may include one or more articulating portions, including communicating with the PLC, and the like.
an air inflatable mattress associated with the adjustable bed 25 An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
frame, where the air adjustable mattress may be associated that may include one or more articulating portions, including
with an air pump to regulate the air pressure in the air inflat- a programmable logic controller (PLC) associated with the
able mattress, the air inflatable mattress may include flex adjustable bed frame that may be adapted to control at least
regions about which the air inflatable mattress may flex; an one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, a Bluetooth
ultra wide band (UWB) remote control adapted to control at 30
remote control that may be adapted to control at least one
least one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, and the like.
adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed by communicating
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
with the PLC, and the like.
that may include one or more articulating portions, including
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
an air inflatable mattress associated with the adjustable bed
frame, where the air adjustable mattress may be associated 35
that may include one or more articulating portions, including
with an air pump to regulate the air pressure in the air inflat- a programmable logic controller (PLC) associated with the
able mattress, the air inflatable mattress may include flex adjustable bed frame that may be adapted to control at least
regions about which the air inflatable mattress may flex, a one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, an ultra wide band
wireless USB remote control adapted to control at least one (UWB) remote control that may be adapted to control at least
adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, and the like. 40 one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed by communicating
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed with the PLC, and the like.
that may include one or more articulating portions, including An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
a programmable logic controller (PLC) associated with the that may include one or more articulating portions, including
adjustable bed frame that may be adapted to control at least a programmable logic controller (PLC) associated with the
one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, a remote memory 45 adjustable bed frame that may be adapted to control at least
storage facility that may be adapted to be removeably and one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, a wireless USB
replaceably connected to the PLC, where the remote memory remote control that may be adapted to control at least one
may include information relating to at least one operational adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed by communicating
parameter related to control of the adjustable bed, and the with the PLC, and the like.
like. 50 An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed that may include one or more articulating portions, including
that may include one or more articulating portions, including a remote memory storage facility that may be adapted to be
a programmable logic controller (PLC) associated with the removeably and replaceably connected to an adjustable bed
adjustable bed frame that may be adapted to control at least frame controller associated with the adjustable bed frame,
one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, a remote storage 55 where the remote memory may include information relating
location of user preferences, where the user preferences may to at least one operational parameter related to control of the
represent recall parameters accessible by the PLC relating to adjustable bed. In addition, the remote memory storage facil-
one or more adjustable aspects of the adjustable bed, and the ity may store user preferences, the user preferences may
like. represent recall parameters relating to one or more adjustable
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed 60 aspects of the adjustable bed, and the like.
that may include one or more articulating portions, including An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
a programmable logic controller (PLC) associated with the that may include one or more articulating portions, including
adjustable bed frame that may be adapted to control at least a remote memory storage facility that may be adapted to be
one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, a cell phone removeably and replaceably connected to an adjustable bed
remote control that may be adapted to control at least one 65 frame controller associated with the adjustable bed frame,
adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed by communicating where the remote memory may includes information relating
with the PLC, and the like. to at least one operational parameter related to control of the
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adjustable bed, a cell phone remote control that may be remote control adapted to control at least one adjustable
adapted to control at least one adjustable aspect of the adjust- aspect of the adjustable bed, and the like.
able bed, and the like. An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed that may include one or more articulating portions, including
that may include one or more articulating portions, including a remote storage location of user preferences, where the user
a remote memory storage facility that may be adapted to be preferences may represent recall parameters relating to one or
removeably and replaceably connected to an adjustable bed more adjustable aspects of the adjustable bed, a modular
frame controller associated with the adjustable bed frame, control device, where the modular control device may be
where the remote memory may includes information relating adapted to control at least one aspect of the adjustable bed,
to at least one operational parameter related to control of the 10 and the like.
adjustable bed, a modular control device, where the modular An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
control device may be adapted to control at least one aspect of that may include one or more articulating portions, including
the adjustable bed, and the like. a remote storage location of user preferences, where the user
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed preferences may represent recall parameters relating to one or
that may include one or more articulating portions, including 15 more adjustable aspects of the adjustable bed, an air purifi-
a remote memory storage facility that may be adapted to be cation facility associated with the adjustable bed, and the like.
removeably and replaceably connected to an adjustable bed An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
frame controller associated with the adjustable bed frame, that may include one or more articulating portions, including
where the remote memory may include information relating a remote storage location of user preferences, where the user
to at least one operational parameter related to control of the 20 preferences may represent recall parameters relating to one or
adjustable bed, an air purification facility associated with the more adjustable aspects of the adjustable bed, a power outlet
adjustable bed, and the like. controller adapted to control at least one parameter of a power
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed outlet associated with the adjustable bed, and the like.
that may include one or more articulating portions, including An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
a remote memory storage facility that may be adapted to be 25 that may include one or more articulating portions, including
removeably and replaceably connected to an adjustable bed a remote storage location of user preferences, where the user
frame controller associated with the adjustable bed frame, preferences may represent recall parameters relating to one or
where the remote memory may include information relating more adjustable aspects of the adjustable bed, a Bluetooth
to at least one operational parameter related to control of the remote control adapted to control at least one adjustable
adjustable bed, a power outlet controller adapted to control at 30 aspect of the adjustable bed, and the like.
least one parameter of a power outlet associated with the An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
adjustable bed, and the like. that may include one or more articulating portions, including
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed a remote storage location of user preferences, where the user
that may include one or more articulating portions, including preferences may represent recall parameters relating to one or
a remote memory storage facility that may be adapted to be 35 more adjustable aspects of the adjustable bed, an ultra wide
removeably and replaceably connected to an adjustable bed band (UWB) remote control adapted to control at least one
frame controller associated with the adjustable bed frame, adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, and the like.
where the remote memory may include information relating An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
to at least one operational parameter related to control of the that may include one or more articulating portions, including
adjustable bed, a Bluetooth remote control adapted to control 40 a remote storage location of user preferences, where the user
at least one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, and the preferences may represent recall parameters relating to one or
like. more adjustable aspects of the adjustable bed, a wireless USB
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed remote control adapted to control at least one adjustable
that may include one or more articulating portions, including aspect of the adjustable bed, and the like.
a remote memory storage facility that may be adapted to be 45 An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
removeably and replaceably connected to an adjustable bed that may include one or more articulating portions, including
frame controller associated with the adjustable bed frame, a cell phone remote control that may be adapted to control at
where the remote memory may include information relating least one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, a modular
to at least one operational parameter related to control of the control device, where the modular control device may be
adjustable bed, an ultra wide band (UWB) remote control 50 adapted to control at least one aspect of the adjustable bed,
adapted to control at least one adjustable aspect of the adjust- and the like.
able bed, and the like. An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed that may include one or more articulating portions, including
that may include one or more articulating portions, including a cell phone remote control that may be adapted to control at
a remote memory storage facility that may be adapted to be 55 least one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, an air puri-
removeably and replaceably connected to an adjustable bed fication facility associated with the adjustable bed, and the
frame controller associated with the adjustable bed frame, like.
where the remote memory may include information relating An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
to at least one operational parameter related to control of the that may include one or more articulating portions, including
adjustable bed, a wireless USB remote control adapted to 60 a cell phone remote control that may be adapted to control at
control at least one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, least one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, a power
and the like. outlet controller adapted to control at least one parameter of a
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed power outlet associated with the adjustable bed, and the like.
that may include one or more articulating portions, including An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
a remote storage location of user preferences, where the user 65 that may include one or more articulating portions, including
preferences may represent recall parameters relating to one or a cell phone remote control that may be adapted to control at
more adjustable aspects of the adjustable bed, a cell phone least one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, a Bluetooth
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remote control adapted to control at least one adjustable a wireless USB remote control adapted to control at least one
aspect of the adjustable bed, and the like. adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, and the like.
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
that may include one or more articulating portions, including that may include one or more articulating portions, including
a cell phone remote control that may be adapted to control at a power outlet controller that may be adapted to control at
least one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, an ultra wide least one parameter of a power outlet associated with the
band (UWB) remote control adapted to control at least one adjustable bed, a Bluetooth remote control adapted to control
adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, and the like. at least one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, and the
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed like.
that may include one or more articulating portions, including 10 An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
a cell phone remote control that may be adapted to control at that may include one or more articulating portions, including
least one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, a wireless a power outlet controller that may be adapted to control at
USB remote control adapted to control at least one adjustable least one parameter of a power outlet associated with the
aspect of the adjustable bed, and the like. 15 adjustable bed, an ultra wide band (UWB) remote control
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed adapted to control at least one adjustable aspect of the adjust-
that may include one or more articulating portions, including able bed, and the like.
a modular control device, where the modular control device An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
may be adapted to control at least one aspect of the adjustable that may include one or more articulating portions, including
bed, an air purification facility associated with the adjustable 20 a power outlet controller that may be adapted to control at
bed, and the like. least one parameter of a power outlet associated with the
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed adjustable bed, a wireless USB remote control adapted to
that may include one or more articulating portions, including control at least one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed,
a modular control device, where the modular control device and the like.
may be adapted to control at least one aspect of the adjustable 25 An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
bed, a power outlet controller adapted to control at least one that may include one or more articulating portions, including
parameter of a power outlet associated with the adjustable a Bluetooth remote control that may be adapted to control at
bed, and the like. least one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, an ultra wide
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed band (UWB) remote control adapted to control at least one
that may include one or more articulating portions, including 30 adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, and the like.
a modular control device, where the modular control device An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
may be adapted to control at least one aspect of the adjustable that may include one or more articulating portions, including
bed, a Bluetooth remote control adapted to control at least one a Bluetooth remote control that may be adapted to control at
adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, and the like. least one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, a wireless
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed 35 USB remote control adapted to control at least one adjustable
that may include one or more articulating portions, including aspect of the adjustable bed, and the like.
a modular control device, where the modular control device An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
may be adapted to control at least one aspect of the adjustable that may include one or more articulating portions, including
bed, an ultra wide band (UWB) remote control adapted to an ultra wide band (UWB) remote control that may be
control at least one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, 40 adapted to control at least one adjustable aspect of the adjust-
and the like. able bed, a wireless USB remote control adapted to control at
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed least one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, and the like.
that may include one or more articulating portions, including These and other systems, methods, objects, features, and
a modular control device, where the modular control device advantages of the present invention will be apparent to those
may be adapted to control at least one aspect of the adjustable 45 skilled in the art from the following detailed description of the
bed, a wireless USB remote control adapted to control at least preferred embodiment and the drawings. All documents men-
one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, and the like. tioned herein are hereby incorporated in their entirety by
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed reference.
that may include one or more articulating portions, including
an air purification facility associated with the adjustable bed, 50 BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF FIGURES
a power outlet controller adapted to control at least one
parameter of a power outlet associated with the adjustable The systems and methods described herein may be under-
bed, and the like. stood by reference to the following figures:
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed FIG. 1 shows a block diagram of an adjustable bed facility
that may include one or more articulating portions, including 55 and associated components.
an air purification facility associated with the adjustable bed, FI G. 2 shows an embodiment of two methods of maintain-
a Bluetooth remote control adapted to control at least one ing user memory for storing user preferred adjustable bed
adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, and the like. positions.
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed FIG. 3 shows an embodiment of a remote control used to
that may include one or more articulating portions, including 60 command the adjustable bed facility.
an air purification facility associated with the adjustable bed, FIG. 4 shows an embodiment of the shipping of a mattress
an ultra wide band (UWB) remote control adapted to control retainer bracket in the upside down position.
at least one adjustable aspect of the adjustable bed, and the FIG. 5A shows a top view of a vibration motor within an
like. opening of a adjustable bed facility section lateral surface.
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed 65 FIG. 5B shows a side view of a vibration motor within an
that may include one or more articulating portions, including opening of an adjustable bed facility lateral surface.
an air purification facility associated with the adjustable bed, FIG. 6 shows a typical hospital adjustable bed.
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FIG. 7 shows one use of actuators connected to the bed The support structure may be a frame structure to provide the
frame and the adjustable sections. support yet remain lightweight.
FIG. 8 shows more than one actuator for each adjustable Another aspect may be the use of replaceable memory to
bed section, in this case there are two actuators for each maintain the bed memory and software applications. The
adjustable section. replaceable memory may allow user specific information to
FIG. 9 shows an adjustable bed using slats instead of wood be moved from one adjustable bed to another adjustable bed.
decking for the foundation of the adjustable sections. This may be useful in care facilities where a user may move
from one bed to another bed during the stay in the care facility.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF FIGURES If the user has saved a preferred positioning of the adjustable
10 bed, when the user moves to another bed, the preferred posi-
In the following description, terms such as 'adjustable
tioning settings may be moved to the other bed with the user.
mattress', 'adjustable bed', 'adjustable bed facility' and the
Another aspect of the adjustable bed may be to provide
like are used interchangeably to refer generally to an appara-
tus including a sleeping or resting surface with one or more safety features that may control the retraction of the adjust-
adjustable or moveable sub-surfaces that can be positioned 15 able bed sections to reduce the risk of crushing an object that
for user comfort and/or convenience, unless a specific mean- may be under the adjustable bed.
ing is explicitly provided or otherwise clear from the context Now referring to FIG. 1, a block diagram of the various
As users spend more and more time in adjustable beds they components of the adjustable bed facility 102 is shown. In an
may desire to have a level of independence by controlling embodiment, an adjustable bed facility 102 may be made up
devices that may be in the room from the adjustable bed. The 20 of a number of devices and facilities that may include actua-
devices and facilities that users may wish to control may tors 104, springs 108, mattresses 110, a sub-frame 112, a
include audio equipment, video equipment, lamps, air puri- skeleton structure 114, vibration motors 118, supports 120,
fication facilities, power outlets, and the like. It may be desir- safety brackets 122, an electronic facility 124, an air purifi-
able for the user to control these devices and facilities from cation facility 144, a remote 148, a memory facility 150, a
the adjustable bed without having to leave the bed or ask for 25 memory connection 160, a network connection 162, and the
aid from someone else. For example, the user may be con- like. In an embodiment, the electronic facility 124 may
fined to the bed and may want the simple ability to control the include a wire harness 128, a receiver 130, modular controls
lights around the adjustable bed. 132, a control box 134, power outlets 138, a power connection
In an embodiment, an adjustable bed may not be the only 142, and the like. In an embodiment, the memory facility 150
rest facility to benefit from position and additional function 30 may include a receiver learn facility 152, bed memory 154, a
control. Users may also use beds, adjustable beds, adjustable
backup battery 158, and the like. In an embodiment, the
chairs, adjustable couches, and the like to provide comfort-
receiver learn facility 152, bed memory 154, and backup
able positions when the user may have limited mobility. For
battery 158 may not be part of the memory facility 150, but
example, a user that has had hip replacement surgery may not
be confined to bed but may require a chair or couch to be 35 may be combined into other facilities or devices, be stand-
adjustable to provide a comfortable sitting position while alone devices, or the like.
providing control of other devices within the room to limit the In an embodiment, the physical aspects of the adjustable
number of times the user must get up and adjust the devices. bed facility 102 that provide support for the user may include
In an embodiment, while recovering from a surgery, an injury, the actuators 104, springs 108, mattresses 110, a sub-frame
an illness, or the like, the user may use more than one type of 40 112, a skeleton structure 114, vibration motors 118, supports
rest facility. The user may require confinement to an adjust- 120, and safety brackets 122.
able bed for a time and then, with health improvement, be able In an embodiment, the skeleton structure 114 may provide
to move to either an adjustable chair or adjustable couch. the central structure that the other physical aspects may inter-
Aspects of the invention may be described as an adjustable act with. In an embodiment, the skeleton structure 114 may
bed, but it may be understood that the same aspects may be 45 provide direct support to the mattress 110, springs 108, and
applied to other rest facilities that may include a bed, a couch, the like. In an embodiment, the skeleton structure 114 may be
a chair, or the like. Such rest facilities may be in a home, a car, a lightweight frame structure that may provide both the
a recreational vehicle, a cruise ship, an airline, a train, or strength and rigidity required to properly support the mattress
anywhere that a user required them, and they may be fixed or 110 and springs 108. In embodiments, the skeleton structure
mobile. 50 114 may use materials that include metal, plastic, wood, or
One aspect of this invention may be to provide the adjust- the like; the materials may be used individually or in combi-
able bed with more than one power option to move the adjust- nation.
able bed sections. The adjustable bed may use electric motors In an embodiment, springs 108 may be used with a mattress
with gearboxes, pneumatic springs, hydraulic springs, or the 110, instead of a mattress 110, or the like. In an embodiment,
like to actuate the adjustable bed sections. There may be both 55 the springs may be a standard bed spring system (e.g. coils
pricing and durability reasons to have the different actuation within a wire framework), individual coil springs, individual
types. foam springs, air springs, or the like. In an embodiment, the
Another aspect of this invention may be to provide the individual springs (e.g. coil, foam, or air) may be used to
ability to provide additional functionality to the adjustable provide variable firmness to provide comfort to the user. For
bed by using modular controls that may be able to commu- 60 example, the springs 108 may be less firm or firmer in a local
nicate with the user's interface control. The modular controls area to provide the user with the support that may be required
may be designed to control a number of additional devices for a body location that is experiencing discomfort (e.g. a hip,
and facilities that may include audio devices, video devices, shoulder, back, neck). Springs that may have local firmnesses
lamps, air purification facilities, power outlets, and the like. will be described in more detail below.
Another aspect of the adjustable bed may be to provide a 65 In an embodiment, the mattress 11 0 may include foam,
support structure to support the bed materials (e.g. mattress), feathers, springs 108, material, or the like. In an embodiment,
motors, actuators, hinges between bed sections, and the like. the different materials may be used individually or in combi-
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nation. The mattress may be intended to provide the user with ity 102 sections. In an embodiment, one section of the adjust-
a firmness that provides for the comfort requirements of the able bed may remain fixed, such as the torso section, and act
user. as the foundation for the other movable sections to be posi-
In an embodiment, the mattress 110 may be an air mattress tions. In an embodiment, any or none of the sections may be
110. In an embodiment, the air mattress 110 may be con- a fixed foundation section in the adjustable bed facility 102. In
structed using a single chamber, a plurality of chambers, a embodiments, there may be more than one adjustable bed
plurality of individual chambers, a combination of chamber facility 102 configuration depending on the requirements of a
shapes, or the like. In an embodiment, the air mattress 110 user, cost requirements, medical needs, or the like. For
may be inflated to various pressures that may provide the user example, there may be a configuration where only the head
with the desired comfort level. In an embodiment, there may
10 section is adjustable to provide the user with the ability to
be separate air mattresses 110 for each of the adjustable bed
have an elevated upper body position. This configuration may
facility 102 sections. For example, there may be separate air
be a single purpose bed but may also provide the user with a
mattresses 110 for the head, torso, and foot sections of the
adjustable bed facility 102. In an embodiment, the inflation less expensive adjustable bed facility 102 that meets the
pressure of the individual air mattresses 11 0 may be different 15 user's needs. One skilled in the art may understand that there
from each other depending on user settings. may be many different adjustable bed facility configurations
In an embodiment, the adjustable bed facility 102 sections containing fixed and moveable sections.
may each contain individual air mattresses 110. For example, In an embodiment, the skeleton structure 114, as part of
the head, torso, and foot sections may each have individual air each adjustable bed facility 102 section, may also provide
mattresses that may be individually controlled for air pres- 20 support and connection members for the components that
sures and therefore firnmess. In an embodiment, the user may may be used to move the various adjustable bed facility 102
be able to control the firnmess of the individual air mattresses sections. There may be skeleton structure 114 members that
110 using a remote 148. In an embodiment, the remote 148 provide connection support to the actuators 104, supports
may have indicators for each of the firmness adjustable air 120, safety brackets 122, vibration motors 118, and the like.
mattresses 110. For example, the remote 148 may have keys 25 These support and connection members may have any shape
for increasing or decreasing the pressures of the individual air or configuration required to provide the support and connec-
mattresses 148. Using the remote 148, the user may be able to tions needed by the various other components. For example,
adjust the firmness of the adjustable bed facility sections. in addition to the skeleton structure 114 that is used to provide
In an embodiment, the air mattress 11 0 may use a common support to the mattress 110 and springs 108 there may be at
air supply source facility as an air actuator 104. In an embodi- 30 least one cross member that may provide a connection to the
ment, a control box 134 may control both the air mattress 11 0 actuator 104 and safety bracket 122.
and air actuator 104. The control box 134 may provide con- In an embodiment, the skeleton structure 114 and the sub-
trolling commands to both the air mattress 110 and air actua- frame 112 may interface with each other; the sub-frame 112
tors. may provide structural support and a rigid foundation base to
In an embodiment, the skeleton structure 114 may have 35 the skeleton structure 114. In an embodiment, the sub-frame
structural members that support the mattress 11 0 and springs 112 may be the rigid structure that is in contact to the floor and
108 and may also provide support and connections for the may provide a base for any fixed adjustable bed facility 102
actuators 104, sub-frame 112, supports 120, vibrator motors sections and an interface for any movable adjustable bed
118, safety bracket 122, and the like. In an embodiment, the facility 102 sections. In an embodiment, the sub-frame 112
structural members may be positioned on the peripheral 40 legs may be connected to the sub-frame 112 using a threaded
edges of the mattress 110 and springs 108 to provide overall stud into threads of the sub-frame 112. In an embodiment, to
support and rigidity to the mattress 110 and springs 108 and prevent the threaded stud from pulling out of the legs during
may form the base of the individual adjustable bed facility tightening, the head of the threaded stud may be fixed
102 sections. Additionally, there may other structural mem- between two or more layers ofleg material. This construction
bers as support, cross pieces, or the like that may provide 45 may trap the threaded stud head to prevent it from moving
additional support to the mattress 110 and springs 108 as may away from the end of the leg and may also prevent the
be required. A person knowledgeable in the art may under- threaded stud head from being pulled through the end of the
stand that the frame structure may have many different con- leg during the tightening of the leg to the sub-frame. In addi-
struction configurations to provide support and rigidity to the tion, the two or more layers of leg material may provide for
mattress 110 and springs 108. 50 added strength to the sub-frame 112 legs to prevent distortion
In an embodiment, the skeleton structure 114 may form the at the sub-frame 112 and leg interface. In an example of a
base of the adjustable bed facility 102 sections that may be fixed torso section, the sub-frame 112 may provide a base to
moved relative to each other to provide the various bed posi- solidly connect the torso section to provide a fixed non-
tions required by the user. The adjustable bed facility 102 may moving section. The other moveable sections may be move-
include more than one section; a section may be fixed or may 55 ably connected to the fixed torso section and additionally
be adjustable. For example, the typical adjustable bed may supported by the sub-frame 112 using a moveable interface
have adjustable sections for the head, leg, and foot while the connection.
torso section may remain fixed and horizontal. There may be In an embodiment, the sub-frame 112 may have structural
different combinations of movable and fixed sections with members that may run along the length of the adjustable bed
one or all of the sections being movable. In an embodiment, 60 facility 102, run along the width of the adjustable bed facility
the sections may include the skeleton structure 114, mattress 102, run diagonally across the adjustable bed facility 102, or
110, springs 108, and the like and may individually be small other orientation in relation to the adjustable bed facility 102
mattress structures of the entire adjustable bed facility 102 that may be required for support or connection to compo-
mattress. nents.
In an embodiment, the adjustable bed sections may be 65 In an embodiment, the skeleton structure 114 may be used
connected together using hinges or like devices that allow a as an RF antenna for receiving communication from the
freedom of motion between two adjacent adjustable bed facil- remote 148. In embodiment, the entire skeleton structure 114
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may be used as an antenna; a portion of the skeleton structure or other shaped bracket, to provide for increased material
114 may be used as an antenna, or the like. thickness and strength to resist bending forces. The thickness
In one embodiment, the sub-frame 112 may provide solid of the additional bracket may be determined by the amount of
connections for any fixed section and skeleton structure 114 force and torque that may need to be resisted during the
by rigidly connecting the skeleton structure 114 directly to the adjustable bed facility 102 section movement. In an embodi-
sub-frame 112. In this manner, any fixed section and skeleton ment, the actuation 104 connection may be between two of
structure 114 may be rigidly connected to the sub-frame 112, the skeleton structures 114. For example, a first end of the
and through the sub-frame 112, rigidly connected to the floor. actuator 104 may be connected to the fixed torso section of the
In another embodiment, the sub-frame 112 may provide an adjustable bed facility 102 and a second end of the actuator
interface for the fixed adjustable bed facility 102 section and 10 104 may be connected to the section that is to be moved (e.g.
skeleton structure 114 where the fixed section may be able to head, leg, or foot sections). In an embodiment, the actuator
move or slide in relation to the sub-frame 112. By providing 104 may use electric motors and mechanical gears, pneumatic
a non-rigid interface connection between the sub-frame 112 pressure, hydraulic pressure, pneumatic spring, air spring,
and the skeleton structure 114, the fixed adjustable bed facil- hydraulic spring or the like to provide the force to extend and
ity 102 section may have a freedom of motion but still may be 15 retract the actuator 104. The action of extending and retract-
supported by the sub-frame in a solid foundation manner. For ing the actuator 104 may move the various movable bed
example, the fixed adjustable bed facility 102 section may sections up or down. By the actuator 104 pushing against the
have wheels that rnn in a track, groove, "C" channel, or the section, the section may rotate upward aronnd the pivot point
like of the sub-frame 112 and may be able to move horizon- provided by the hinge type connection. In the same manner,
tally during the motion of one or more of the movable adjust- 20 by the actuator 104 pulling against the section, the section
able bed facility 102 sections. In an embodiment, the hori- may rotate downward around the pivot point provided by the
zontal freedom of motion may provide for a "wall hugger" hinge type connection. In an embodiment, there may be at
feature where, as the head section is adjusted up or down, the least one actuator 114 for every moveable adjustable bed
fixed torso section may move, along with the head section, facility 102 section.
horizontally forward and away from an adjacent wall to main- 25 In an embodiment, the combination of actuator 114, safety
tain a fixed distance between the head section and the wall, bracket 122, and supports 120 may provide a safety feature to
therefore "hugging" the wall. It may be nnderstood by one prevent an object that may be under the adjustable bed facility
skilled in the art that the moveable interface between the 102 from being damaged, impinged, crushed, or the like
skeleton structure 114 and sub-frame 112 may be any type of during the decent of the adjustable bed facility 102 section.
interface that may allow freedom of motion between the 30 During the downward motion of one adjustable bed facility
sub-frame 112 and skeleton structure 114. 102 sections, the section may come in contact with an object
In an embodiment, any adjustable sections may have two that is under the adjustable bed facility 102. If the actuator 104
connections, a first connection may be provided by a hinge is allowed to continue to pull the section in the downward
type connection and a second connection may be the connec- direction, the object may be crushed under the force the
tion with the actuator 104 and safety bracket 122 that may 35 actuator 104 may apply. In an embodiment, the safety bracket
provide the force to rotate the adjustable bed facility 102 122 may have a slot that may provide time to determine that
section up or down. In an embodiment, the hinge type con- there is an object under the section that is moving downward.
nection between the skeleton structure 114 of a first section In an embodiment, the slot may have a first side that is on
and a second section may provide the point of rotation for the the opposite side of the slot from the actuator 104 and a
section motion. In an embodiment, the adjustable bed facility 40 second side that is on the same side as the actuator 104. In an
102 may contain more than one section and any or all of the embodiment, the slot that is between the first side and the
sections may be connected by a hinge type connection. second side may be of any length. In an embodiment, the
In an embodiment, there may be a support gusset for con- actuator may push against the first side to move the adjustable
nection between the actuator 104 and the adjustable bed facil- bed facility 102 section in an upward direction. In an embodi-
ity 102 section. In embodiments, the gusset may be an I beam, 45 ment' during the downward motion of the section, the actua-
a T beam, an L beam, a box beam, or any other beam design tor 104 may move at the same speed as the adjustable bed
that may provide the strength to lift the combined weight of facility 102 section and therefore the actuator connection to
the adjustable bed facility 102 section and the user without the safety bracket 122 may remain within the safety bracket
bending. In an embodiment, to resist bending forces at the 122 slot without contacting either the first or second sides of
connections to the actuator 104 and the adjustable bed facility 50 the slot. In an embodiment, the section may move in the
102 section, the ends of the gusset may be reinforced. In downward direction under the weight of the section without
embodiments, the reinforcement may be an additional the actuator 104 pulling on the second side of the safety
bracket added to the ends of the gusset, such as a U bracket or bracket 122.
other bracket shape, to provide for increased material thick- In an embodiment, the adjustable bed facility 102 section
ness and strength of the gusset ends. The thickness of the 55 downward speed may be further controlled by supports 120
additional bracket may be determined by the amonnt of force that may provide resistance to the section motion to control
and torque that may need to be resisted during the adjustable the rate of decent. In an embodiment, the support 120 may be
bed facility 102 section movement. a pressurized device using pneumatic pressure, hydraulic
With the adjustable bed facility 102 sections intercon- pressure, or the like to provide a resistive force to slow the
nected using hinge type connections there may be at least one 60 decent of the adjustable bed facility 102 section. In an
actuator 104 that may provide a connection between a fixed embodiment, the supports may provide enough resistance to
adjustable bed facility 102 section and a moveable section. In control the rate of decent of the section as the actuator 104 is
an embodiment, the hinge connection between the adjustable retracted.
bed facility 102 sections may be a pivot point bracket that may In an embodiment, as the actuator 104 retracts, the adjust-
include additional strengthening to resist bending forces. 65 able bed facility 102 section, with the aid of the support 120,
Similar to the gusset described above, the pivot point connec- may descend at the same rate as the as the actuator 104 is
tions may have additional reinforcement, such as a U bracket retracting. By matching the rates of the actuator 104 retrac-
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tion and the adjustable bed facility 102 section descending, and removable. In an embodiment, the at least one bracket
the actuator 104 connection within the safety bracket 122 slot 504 may be shaped to secure the vibration motor 118 within
may remain within the slot area and not contact either the first the section opening such as a straight bracket, a U shaped
or second side of the slot. In an embodiment, as the section bracket, an L shaped bracket, or the like; in FIG. SA and FIG.
descends, if an object is encountered, the adjustable bed facil- 5B the bracket 504 is shown as a straight bracket 504. In an
ity 102 section may stop its decent and the actuator 104 embodiment, the removal of one of the brackets 504 may
connection will move within the safety bracket 122 slot with- facilitate securing the vibration motor 118 to the bed section,
out pulling the section downward. In an embodiment, the facilitating the servicing of the vibration motor 118, or the
amount of time that the actuator 104 connection is moving like. The bracket 504 may be positioned such that at least one
within the safety bracket 122 slot while the adjustable bed 10 portion of the bracket 504 is within the opening of the lateral
facility 102 section is stopped may provide time to the user to surface 508 and may also be positioned such that the bracket
realize that an object has been contacted and to stop the 504 may overlap the vibration motor 118 flange. The bracket
downward motion of the section. 504 may provide support to the vibration motor 118 flange
In an embodiment, an additional safety feature may be the along a majority of the perimeter of the mattress support
addition of a shut off sensor, shut off switch, or the like on the 15 opening. The bracket 504 may be coupled to the mattress
first side of the safety bracket 122 slot to stop the retraction of support 508 using a removable coupling. Removing the
the actuator 104 if the actuator 104 connection comes in bracket 504 may facilitate removing and servicing the vibra-
contact with the first side of the slot. In this manner, if the tion motor 118. The vibration motor 118 flange may extend
actuator 104 connection with the safety bracket 122 slot beyond the perimeter of the opening of the mattress support
reaches the first side of the slot, the actuator 104 retraction 20 508 and the resilient material 502 may provide positional
may be stopped and the adjustable bed facility 102 section support for the motor so that the flange may impart vibration
will not be forcibly pulled down into the object that may be to the mattress without contacting the mattress support. The
under the section. In an embodiment, there may be an indi- resilient material 502 may provide mechanical insulation
cation to the user that the actuator 104 connection has come in between the flange and the perimeter of the opening in the
contact with the first side of the slot and the adjustable bed 25 mattress support 508. The resilient material 502 disposed
facility 102 sections downward motion has been stopped. In between the flange and the lateral support 508 surface of the
an embodiment, the indication may be an audio indication, a bracket 504 may further provide positional support for the
visual indication, a motion indication (e.g. vibration), or the vibration motor 118 housing.
like to indicate to the user that the motion has been stopped The bracket 504 may be constructed using material such as
and there may be an obstruction with the adjustable bed 30 plastic, metal, or the like, and may be constructed using the
facility 102 section. materials individually or in combination. In an embodiment,
In an embodiment, there may be at least one vibration there may be a resilient material 502 associated with the
motor 118 that may provide vibration and massage functions brackets 504, the resilient material may provide for dampen-
to the adjustable bed facility 102 sections and mattresses 110. ing the vibration between the vibration motor 118 and the
In an embodiment, there may be vibration motors 118 asso- 35 adjustable bed facility 102, may contact the vibration motor
ciated with any of the adjustable bed facility 102 sections. In 118 to secure the vibration motor 118 to the bed section, may
an embodiment there may be more than one vibration motor provide for dampening of vibration to the adjustable bed
118 for each adjustable bed facility 102 section that may have facility 102 and hold the vibration motor 118 in place, or the
vibration motors 118. In an embodiment, using the remote like. The resilient material 502 may include latex foam, poly-
148, the user may be able to control the vibration mode of the 40 urethane foam, polypropylene foam, polyethylene foam, or
various vibration motors 118; the mode may include the the like and may be used individually or in combination.
vibration setting for a particular bed section, the vibration In an embodiment, either of the pneumatic or hydraulic
frequency of at least one of the vibration motors, stopping the devices may act as a vibration motor 118 increasing and
vibration of at least one of the vibration motors, or the like. In decreasing the pressure within a cylinder, bladder, or the like
an embodiment, the vibration motors 118 may be operated 45 at certain frequencies to provide the vibration required by the
independently or in combination. In an embodiment, the user user. In an embodiment, a device to provide the pressure
may select a vibration mode on the remote 148 and the control frequency may be part of the vibration motor 118, a separate
box 134 may use a software application to control the various device from the vibration motor 118, or the like.
vibration motors 118 to the user's request. In an embodiment, the vibration facility 118 may be con-
In an embodiment, the vibration motor 118 may be an 50 nected to the skeleton structure 114, the mattress 110, the
electric/mechanical device, a pneumatic device, a hydraulic lateral surface 508, or the like where the vibration may be
device, or the like. The mechanical device may use an electric imparted into the adjustable bed facility 102 mattress 110 as
motor to rotate an offset mass to create a vibration; the vibra- desired by the user. In an embodiment, the vibration motor
tion motor may be controlled for vibration frequency and 118 flange may provide surface area that may impart a vibra-
amplitude by the speed of rotation of the electric motor. 55 tion into the mattress 110. In another embodiment, the vibra-
Referring to FIG. SA and FIG. 5B, an embodiment of a tion motor 118 may be in proximity to a vibration distribution
vibration motor 118 is shown within an opening of a adjust- facility (not shown) that may aid in the propagation of vibra-
able bed facility 102 support lateral surface 508. The adjust- tion energy to the adjustable bed facility 102 section. In an
able bed facility 102 section may have a lateral surface 508 embodiment, the vibration motor 118 may be operatively
and the lateral surface 508 may include an opening in which 60 connected to the vibration distribution facility, may be in
the vibration motor 118 may be located; the vibration motor contact with the vibration distribution facility, may not be in
118 may fit within the opening such that the vibration motor contact with the vibration distribution facility, or the like. The
118 may not contact the lateral surface 508. vibration distribution facility may be constructed using mate-
In an embodiment, the vibration motor 118 may be secured rials such as plastic, rubber, metal, or the like and may be
to the adjustable bed facility 102 section using at least one 65 constructed using these materials individually or in combina-
bracket 504. In an embodiment, when more than one bracket tion. In an embodiment, the vibration distribution facility may
504 is used, at least one of the brackets 504 may be separable provide for a more uniform distribution of the vibration char-
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acteristics of the vibration motor 118 and may have a size and one adjustable bed facility. For example, the user may be able
shape relative to the size and shape of the adjustable bed to control hislher adjustable bed facility and may additionally
facility 102 section. be able to control another adjustable bed that may be within
Referring again to FIG. 1, in an embodiment, the adjustable the range of the communication method.
bed facility 102 may have an electronic facility 124 that may In an embodiment, the cellular communication may utilize
contain components that provide control of the physical a cell phone, a smart phone, or the like to provide the com-
aspects of the adjustable bed facility 102 (e.g. actuator, vibra- munication method with the control box 134, modular con-
tion motors), interface with the remote 148, interface with trols 132, or the like. In an embodiment, the control box 134
networks, interface with bed memory 154, control electronic may be controlled by a programmable control circuit (PLC).
devices of the adjustable bed facility 102, and the like.
10 In an embodiment, the user may use a menu on the cell phone
In an embodiment, the control box 134 may coordinate the
for adjustable bed functions that may be controlled by the cell
electronic requirements of the electronic facility 124. In an
phone. For example, the cell phone technology may be able to
embodiment, the control box 134 may interface with the
receiver 130, remote 148, air purification facility 144, power control the bed position and vibration characteristics of the
outlets, power connection 142, power supply 140, modular 15 adjustable bed facility 102 and therefore the cell phone menu
controls 132, wire harness 128, and the like. In an embodi- may present the user with options for controlling the bed
ment, the control box 134, receiver 130, and power supply position and vibration.
140 may be mounted directly to the skeleton structure 114. In an embodiment, if the communication between the
In an embodiment, the control box 134 may receive its remote 148 and receiver 130 is wireless, the receiver learn
command request from the user requesting adjustable bed 20 facility 152 may be used to establish the communication
facility 102 functions using the remote 148. In an embodi- between them. In an embodiment, a learn protocol between
ment, the remote may communicate to the receiver 130 and the remote 148 and receiver 130 may be user initiated by
the receiver may transmit the received user command request pressing a button on the receiver learn facility 152, powering
to the control box 134. In an embodiment, the receiver 130 up the receiver learn facility 152, bringing the receiver learn
and control box 134 may be individual devices or a combined 25 facility 152 within a certain proximity of the receiver 130,
device. indicating on the remote 152 to begin the learn protocol, or the
In an embodiment, the remote 148 and receiver 130 may like. In an embodiment, the learn protocol may be fully auto-
have wired or wireless communication. In an embodiment, matic, semi-automatic with user intervention, manual, or the
the wireless communication may be by radio frequency (RF), like. In an embodiment, a user may select a channel, fre-
infrared (IR), Bluetooth, or the like. In an embodiment, the 30
quency, or the like during learn protocol or after the learn
receiver 13 0 may receive the user commands from the remote
protocol. The changing of the channel, frequency, or the like
130 and transmit the same command to the control box 134;
may prevent two different remote 148 and receiver 130 com-
the receiver may not provide any interpretation of the remote
binations from interfering with other wireless communica-
148 commands. In an embodiment, the remote 148 and
receiver 130 may be communication matched by the use of a 35
tion devices. In an embodiment, each time the learn protocol
code key. The code key may be any indicator that may be is executed, a new unique communication link may be estab-
interpreted by the remote 148 and receiver 130 that com- lished; there may be a plurality of unique communication
mands may be received and executed between the remote 148 links available for each remote 148 and receiver 130 combi-
and receiver 130. In embodiments, the code key may be a nation.
number, a word, a serial number, a bed identification, a 40 In an embodiment, the remote 148 may be a user controlled
remote identification, a user identification, or any other iden- device to provide control commands to the control box 134 to
tification known to both the remote 148 and receiver 130, all command certain functions of the adjustable bed facility 102.
an indication that communications should be received. The In an embodiment, the certain functions may be adjustable
code key may be transmitted as the beginning of the commu- bed facility section movement (e.g. up or down), vibration
nication, the end of the communication, as part of the com- 45 control, modular controlled 132 devices, or the like. In an
munication or the like. embodiment, the remote 148 may communicate with the
In an embodiment, the skeleton structure 114 may be used control box using wired communication, wireless communi-
as an RF antenna for receiving communication from the cation, or the like. In an embodiment, the wireless communi-
remote 148 to the receiver 130. In embodiment, the entire cation may use a radio frequency (RF), infrared (IR), Blue-
skeleton structure 114 may be used as an antenna; a portion of 50 tooth, or the like. If the remote communicates using a wireless
the skeleton structure 114 may be used as an antenna, or the technology, the communication may be with the receiver 130
like. and the receiver 130 may pass the command request to the
In an embodiment, the control box 134 may also control the control box 134.
functions of the adjustable bed facility 102 using a wireless In an embodiment, the inputs of the remote control 148
technology in place of, or in coordination with, the wire 55 may be organized into groups of common function control;
harness 128. In an embodiment, the wireless technology may the remote control 148 groups may be arranged in a circular
include Bluetooth, ultra-wideband (UWB), wireless USB orientation. As shown in FIG. 3, the remote control 148 may
(WUSB), IEEE 802.11, cellular, or the like. The various include more than one group 302 and may include at least one
controlled functions (e.g. actuators 104 or external devices) positioning control group and one vibration control group. In
may be able to communicate using the wireless technology, 60 one embodiment, the remote control 148 groups 302 may be
may use an intermediate wireless receiver, or the like to organized into a circular pattern where the circular pattern
communicate with the control box 134. may provide for inputs that control increasing a function,
In an embodiment, the control box 134 wireless commu- decreasing a function, storing a function, global command
nication may use a wireless network protocol that may functions 304, or the like. For example, a circular group 302
include peer-to-peer communication, master/slave communi- 65 may be divided up into a number of segments to control
cation, as a hub, as a server, or the like. In an embodiment, the certain functions of the adjustable bed facility 102. FIG. 3
wireless communication may be used to control more than shows four sections for each of the circular groups 302, but it
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should be understood that there may be any number of sec- the adjustable bed facility 148. The power outlet may be an
tions to provide the required adjustable bed facility 102 con- RF controlled power outlet and the remote 148 may be able to
trol. transmit an RF command directly to the RF power outlet. In
In one example, one of the circular groups 302 may be used an embodiment, the power outlet may include settings of at
to control movements of the adjustable bed facility 102 sec- least on, off, a percentage of power, or the like. The power
tions. The movement circular group 302 may have inputs for outlet control power setting may be controlled by a hardware
moving the head section up/down, moving the foot section setting, a software setting, or the like. The power outlet may
up/down, inputs for storing a user preferred positions to the be an AC powered power outlet or a DC powered power
PLC, or the like. Additionally, there may be a global com- outlet.
mand input 304 that may provide for commanding more than 10 The remote 148 may include a timer that has a user defined
one adjustable bed facility 102 function using a single input setting that may allow the user to detennine when the remote
such as commanding the adjustable bed facility 102 to go to a 148 communicates a control command to the RF power out-
flat position. For example, the user may be able to select the let. For example, the user may be able to set a timer on the
flat button and the adjustable bed facility 102 may move all of remote 148 to indicate a time when the RF power outlet is to
the adjustable sections to the flat position. 15 turn on or off. For example, the user may use this function in
A vibration circular group 302 may have inputs for con- the evening where the user may want to read for a half hour
trolling the vibration of the head section up/down, controlling and then go to sleep, the user could set the timer for a half hour
the foot section vibration up/down, inputs for storing a user to turn off a power outlet that controls a light fixture, after the
preferred vibration characteristics to the PLC, or the like. half hour the remote 148 may command the RF power outlet
Additionally, there may be a global command input 304 that 20 to turn off and therefore turn the light fixture off. In another
may provide for commanding more than one adjustable bed embodiment, the timer may be a clock where the user may be
facility 102 vibration characteristic using a single input such able to set a time when the RF power outlet may turn on or off.
as commanding the adjustable bed facility 102 to stop all In an embodiment, the user may be able to indicate the com-
vibration. For example, the user may be able to select the stop mand, such as on or off, that the remote 148 is to transmit to
vibration input and the adjustable bed facility 102 may stop 25 the RF power outlet when the timer or clock setting indication
all of the adjustable sections from vibrating. In an embodi- has been reached.
ment' the user may select the all stop global 304 input to stop In an embodiment, the user may indicate adjustable bed
the adjustable bed facility 102 vibration before selecting a facility 102 functions using the remote 148 by pressing a
different vibration characteristic for one of the adjustable bed button, touching a screen, entering a code, speaking a com-
facility 102 sections. 30 mand, or the like. In an embodiment, the control box 134,
In an embodiment, the user may be able to detennine the using the receiver 130, may receive and interpret the com-
control functions that the global command 304 may control. mand provided by the remote 148. The remote may control
For example, the user may be able to input a command devices with commands that may include on, off, high power,
sequence to indicate the global command that should be medium power, low power, volume, play, fast forward,
applied to the global command 304 input. In an embodiment, 35 rewind, skip, modular device to control, or the like. For
the global command may be stored in the adjustable bed example, the remote 148 may transmit a command to move
facility 102 memory 154 for later recall. In an embodiment, the head section up and the control box 134 may command the
after the global command 304 has been stored, the user may actuator 104 to extend a certain amount in response to the
select the global command 304 input for the command command. In another example, the remote 148 may com-
sequence execution. 40 mand that a modular control 132 connected lamp be turned
The function of the remote 148 has been described with off. The control box 134 may command the control box 132 to
controlling adjustable bed facility 102 movement and vibra- turn off the lamp.
tion, but it should be understood that the remote may have Referring again to FIG. 1, in an embodiment, the control
control inputs for any function of the adjustable bed facility box 124 may use the bed memory 154 to store adjustable bed
102. Additionally, the control inputs have been described as 45 facility 102 settings, application software, demonstration
having a circular pattern, but it should be understood that software, and the like. In an embodiment, the user may deter-
other embodiments of the control input organization may be mine that certain adjustable bed locations are preferred and
used for controlling the function of the adjustable bed facility should be saved for future recall. The control box 134 may
102. save the user preferred settings in the bed memory 154 in
The remote 148 may include a timer that has a user defined 50 order to recall the preferred settings at the use request. In an
setting that may allow the user to detennine when the remote embodiment, the control box 134 may also store non-user
148 communicates a control command to the adjustable bed requested information to the bed memory 154 as needed for
facility. For example, the user may be able to set a timer on the the control of the various adjustable bed facility 102 compo-
remote 148 to indicate a time when the adjustable bed facility nents. For example, when the user requests an adjustable bed
102 is to go to a flat position. The user may use this function 55 facility 102 section to move, the control box 134 may store the
in the evening where the user may want to read for a half hour last position into bed memory 154 to be used as a last position
and then go to sleep, the user could set the timer for a halfhour recall, an undo command, the last settings for all the adjust-
and the adjustable bed facility 102 may go to the flat position able bed facility 102 component at shutdown, or the like.
after the half hour. In another embodiment, the timer may be In an embodiment, the control box 134 application soft-
a clock where the user may be able to set a time when the 60 ware may be stored in the bed memory 154. In an embodi-
adjustable bed facility 102 is to complete a certain function. ment, the software may be downloaded to the control box
In an embodiment, the user may be able to indicate the com- 134, may be run from the bed memory 154, or the like. In an
mand that the remote 148 is to transmit to the adjustable bed embodiment, the application software may be an interrupt
facility 102 when the timer or clock setting indication has type application, a polling type application, or the like for
been reached. 65 sensing what command the user may have indicated on the
In an embodiment, the remote 148 may be able to directly remote 148. For example, in an interrupt application, each
control the settings of external power outlets associated with command requested by the remote 148 may send an interrupt
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code to the control box 134. The control box 134 may then 102 and moved to the second adjustable bed facility 102 with
request from the application software the command sequence the user and therefore the user may keep the same preferred
that is associated with the received interrupt. In another adjustable bed 102 settings.
example, the polling application may continually poll the In this manner the bed memory 154 may be considered
remote 148 for requested user commands and when a user portable memory. In an embodiment, the removable bed
command is detected, then request the command sequences memory 154 may be flash memory, programmable logic cir-
for the requested user command. cuit (PLC), secure digital (SD) memory, mini SD memory,
In another embodiment, the control box 134 may use pro- Compact Flash type I memory, Compact Flash type II
grammable logic circuits (PLC) to store application programs memory, Memory Stick, Multimedia Card, xD Picture card,
10 Smartmedia, eXtreme Digital, Microdrive, or the like.
for control of the adjustable bed facility components. In an
In an embodiment, the bed memory 154 may be part of the
embodiment, the PLC may be part of the control box 134, part
remote 148. As part of the communication between the
of a bed memory 154, in a separate control box, or the like. In
remote 148, receiver 130, and control box 134 memory infor-
an embodiment, the PLC may include a microcomputer, a mation may be exchanged between the remote 148 and con-
microprocessor, volatile memory, non-volatile memory, 10 15 trol box 134. For example, the user may indicate that a certain
connection to components, or the like. The PLC may provide adjustable bed facility 102 position should be maintained for
an interface to permit software application updates to the PLC future recall. The control box 134 may receive the save posi-
memory; PLC memory may be over written. In an embodi- tion request from the remote 148 and transmit the position
ment, this may provide a method and system for providing information back to the remote 148 for storage within the bed
software application upgrades to the adjustable bed facility 20 storage 154. In a like manner, when the user requests the
102. recall of a previously saved position, the control box 134 may
In an embodiment, the PLC may have a connection to an request the position information from the remote 148 bed
external interface that may allow updates to be downloaded to memory 154.
the PLC. The connection may be a serial connection, a USB In an embodiment, if the remote 148 is wireless, the remote
connection, a USB device, a parallel connection, a wireless 25 148 may contain both a transmitter and receiver, or a trans-
connection, a bed memory 154, or the like. The capability to ceiver, to transmit and receive information with the control
download information to the PLC may allow for software box 134. In an embodiment, the remote 148 may communi-
updates to the PLC, may allow for remote 148 interface cate with the receiver 130 using a connection key. The con-
updates to the PLC, may allow memory updates to the PLC, nection key may be a code that indicates that a certain remote
or the like. For example, if the user was supplied with a new 30 is associated with a certain adjustable bed facility 102. When
or upgraded remote 148, the user may also be supplied with the remote 148 transmits information to the receiver, the
updated software for the PLC. The user may be able to con- remote may first send a key code to indicate that the remote
nect the device containing the new software to the external 148 is associated with the adjustable bed facility 102. If the
interface and download the new software to the PLC. key code matches the key that the receiver 13 0 is listening for,
In an embodiment, the PLC may have a connection inter- 35 the receiver 130 may receive the command from the remote.
face with the modular controls 132 to provide the user with In an embodiment, the bed memory 154 may maintain the
control over other devices that may be connected to the position information for the user preferred positions of the
adjustable bed facility 102. The PLC may receive commands adjustable bed facility 102 sections. In an embodiment, the
from the remote 148 for the modular controls 132 and may bed memory 154 may be implemented as a programmable
pass the command through to the modular control 132, may 40 logic circuit (PLC), a logic circuit (LC), or the like. FIG. 2
interpret the remote 148 command and command the modular shows an embodiment of two methods of maintaining the user
control 132, or the like. preferred positions in memory. In an embodiment, a first
In an embodiment, the PLC may interface with a modular method may be to have discreet memory table 202 for each
control 132 that is associated with external power outlets. In preferred user bed position 204. There may be the same
this embodiment, the user may be able to control the setting of 45 number of preferred bed positions 204 and memory locations
the external power outlet by selecting a setting on the remote 208 as indicators on the user remote 148. For example, the
148. The setting on the remote 148 may be received by the remote may have two buttons for the user to set the preferred
receiver 130 and PLC within the control box 134 to set the positions that may be used for later recall; the two buttons
power outlet setting. For example, the user may be able to tum may be associated with two discreet memory locations 208.
on the external power outlet by selecting an external outlet on 50 In an embodiment, each time the user indicates a new pre-
input on the remote. This may result in the external outlet ferred position for a button on the remote 148 the memory
power being turned on to power an attached device such as a location 208 may be over written with the new position infor-
lamp. mation. In an embodiment, this method may only allow the
In an embodiment, the bed memory 154 may be part of the user to set one user preferred position for every button on the
PLC, external from the PLC, a combination of internal and 55 remote 148.
external memory from the PLC, or the like. In an embodiment, a second method of memory storage for
In an embodiment, the bed memory 154 may be separate user preferred adjustable bed positions may be a table 222 that
from the control box 134 and the PLC. In an embodiment, the may have a plurality of possible positions 212 the user may
bed memory 154 may be removable memory, the bed memory select. In an embodiment, as shown, the possible positions
154 may be moved from a first adjustable bed facility 102 to 60 212 may be PI through Pn. In an embodiment, the possible
a second bed facility 102 to move user settings from the first positions 212 may be a plurality of va lues that may define the
adjustable bed facility 102 to the second bed facility 102. For range of available positions for the adjustable bed facility 12;
example, a user in a care facility may be moved from a first the plurality of values may be a set of values that define the
adjustable bed facility 102 to a second adjustable bed facility range of available positions for one or more adjustable bed
102 but the user may have already determined and saved at 65 facility 102 functions. For example, the available positions
least one preferred setting to the bed memory 154. The bed 212 may be a set of increments of section positions that may
memory may be removed from the first adjustable bed facility include a set of actuator 104 positions, a set of actuator 104
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activation times, bed section rotation angles, or the like. The In an embodiment, when a user indicates on the remote 148
set of increments may be detennined from a base value for the that a position is to be saved in the table 222, the PLC may
section. For example, the increments may start at zero from select the increment value 212 from within the increment
the flat position for the adjustable bed facility 102 section. In column 210 set of values that represents the current position
an embodiment, the user may be able to select the increment of the adjustable bed facility 102. The PLC may store an
set to be used as possible positions 212 for the section. For indication 214 associated with the increment value 212; the
example, the user may be able to select the type of graduations stored indication associated with the current position value
by selecting from a set of possible graduation methods such as may be a recall value that may be recalled at a later time to
distance, angle of rotation, actuation time, or the like. reposition the adjustable bed facility 102.
In FIG. 2, the table 222 is shown with an increment column 10 In an embodiment, in response to the user requesting to
210 and an indication colunm 220. In an embodiment, the return to a recall value, the PLC may scan the table 222
table 222 may have a plurality of columns 220 to store posi- indication colunm 220 for an indication 214 that may repre-
tion infonnation for any of the adjustable aspects of the sent the user's recall value. Upon locating the recall value
adjustable bed facility 102. For example, there may be an indication 214, the PLC may command the adjustable bed
indication column 220 for the head section angle, the foot 15 function to the recall value indicated 214 location, position,
angle section, the vibration characteristics for the various vibration, or the like.
vibration motors of the adjustable bed facility 102, or the like. In an embodiment, the indication colunm 220 of the table
In another embodiment, the adjustable aspects of the adjust- 222 may initially contain indications 214 in all to the avail-
able bed facility 102 may be represented by a plurality of able discrete locations 212. As a user indicates that current
individual tables 210 for storing indication infonnation for 20 position value is the position to be stored within the table 222,
each of the individual adjustable attributes for the adjustable the indication 214 for the current position value may be
bed facility 102. The individual tables 210 may be substan- removed from the table 222. This may result in one increment
tially the same as the table 222 shown in FIG. 2 where there location 212 being empty of an indication. In this case, when
may be one colunm 210 for increments 212 and another a user requests to return to the recall position, the PLC may
colunm 220 for indication infonnation (214 and 218). For 25 scan the table 222 indication colunm 220 for the empty incre-
example, there may be individual tables 210 for the head ment location 212. Once the empty increment location is
section angle, foot section angle, vibration motor character- found, the PLC may command the adjustable bed function to
istics, or the like. In an embodiment, the PLC may be able to the recall position, vibration, or other adjustable bed facility
access the adjustable bed facility 102 settings by accessing 102 fnnction. In an embodiment, if the user stores a different
large tables 210 that contain many columns, small tables 210 30 current position value, the empty discrete location 212 may
that contain a few colunms, a combination oflarge and small be filled with an indication and the new indication associated
tables 210, or the like. to the current position value may have the indication 214
In an embodiment, the PLC may store the tables 210 within removed. In an embodiment, the user may be able to clear the
the PLC memory for accessing the settings of the adjustable stored position by indicating a clear command and all of the
bed facility 102. In another embodiment, the table 222 may be 35 increment locations 212 may be filled with indications 214.
stored in memory outside of the PLC and the PLC may access In an embodiment, the available increment locations 212 in
the table 222 through an interface connection. The table 222 the indication colunm 220 of the table 222 may initially
increment colunm 210 may represent a plurality of available contain no indications 214 so that the indication colunm 220
positions associated with adjustable bed facility fnnctions. In may be empty. As a user indicates that a current position value
an embodiment, the increment values may be a measurement 40 is the position to be stored within the table 222, the indication
scale (e.g. inches or angle), may be the number of rotations of 214 associated to the current position value may be added to
the actuator, the vibration frequency of the vibration motor, or the table 222. This may result in one increment location 212
other increment scale. In response to a user input, the indica- having an indication. In this case, when a user requests to
tion colunm 220 may be marked with the indication 214 to return to recall value position, the PLC may scan the table 222
represent the position intended by the user. When the user 45 indication column 220 for the increment location 212 con-
makes a request to save a position, the PLC may search the taining the indication 214 associated with the recall value.
increment colunm 210 to detennine which of the plurality of Once the increment location is fonnd, the PLC may command
increments 212 represents the current position value of the the adjustable bed function to the recall value position, posi-
adjustable bed facility 102 section. Once the current position tion, vibration, or other adjustable bed facility 102 fnnction.
value increment 212 within the table 222 is determined, an 50 In an embodiment, if the user stores a different position, the
indication 214 may be stored to the indication column 220 increment location 212 indication 214 may be removed and
associated to the current position value increment 212. In an the new current position value may have the indication 214
embodiment, the indication 214 may be any character that added. In an embodiment, the user may be able to clear the
may represent a position being selected such as a letter, a stored position by indicating a clear command and all of the
number, special character, or the like. In embodiments, the 55 discrete locations 212 may have the indication 214 removed.
indication colunm 220 may include all indications, no indi- In an embodiment, when a user indicates a current position
cations, one indication, more than one indication, or the like value is to be indicated in the table 222, the indication may
to indicate the user's intended position. The storing of the represent the user's preferred adjustable bed facility 102 posi-
indication association of the current position value with the tion. In an embodiment, the user's indicated current position
user selected position may include adding a store indication 60 value may be rounded to the closest table 222 increment
to the table 222 entry representing the current position value, location 214. For example, if the user selects a current posi-
removing the current position value from the table 222 of tion value that is between two increment positions on the table
values, removing a plurality of the table 222 values where the 222, an algorithm may be used to detennine which of the
removal does not include removing the current position value, increment positions are to be indicated in the indication col-
adding a store indication to every table 222 entry except a 65 unm220.
table 222 entry representing the current position value, or the Embodiments of the present invention involve setting a
like. recall bed position in response to a user making a storage
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selection. The user's storage selection may send a command position 212. The additional non-markings 218 may be by
to the adjustable bed facility's 102 controller (e.g. the PLC) actuation time, section rotation angle, or the like. A person
indicating that the user would like the present position of the skilled in the art may understand that there may be any num-
adjustable bed facility 102 stored such that the user can later ber of different methods of unmarking more than one position
have the adjustable bed facility 102 return to the stored posi- 212 using a single button on the remote 148.
tion. The user may use a user interface (e.g. the remote control In an embodiment, with user preferred positions 212
148) and make such a storage selection once the adjustable unmarked 218 on the table 222, the user may indicate on the
bed facility 102 is in a desired position. As described herein remote 148 to recall the user preferred position 212. In an
elsewhere, a plurality of position values that define a range of embodiment, there may be an algorithm to search the table
available positions for the adjustable bed facility 102 may be
10 222 for an unmarked 218 user preferred position 212 to posi-
stored in memory accessible by the adjustable bed facility's
tion the bed to the recall value. Once the preferred position
102 controller. The available positions may be stored in a
212 is determined, the command logic may command the
table 222 or other structure for example. Once the user ini-
tiates such a storage request, the controller may receive the actuator or actuators to move the adjustable bed sections into
request to save the current adjustable bed facility 102 position 15 the preferred position 212 recall value. In an embodiment,
as a user selected position. The controller may then make a there may be more than one preferred position 212 unmarked
determination of which of the plurality of position values 218 on the table 222. In this case, the algorithm may seek the
represent the current position of the adjustable bed facility first unmarked 218 position 212 and move the adjustable bed
102 to provide a current position value. In determining which section to that position. In an embodiment, if this is not the
of the plurality of position values represents the current posi- 20 user desired position, the user may indicate again on the
tion, the controller may use an algorithm to decide which of remote to recall a preferred position and the algorithm may
the plurality of values best represents the current adjustable seek the next unmarked 218 position 212. A person skilled in
bed facility 102 position. For example, the actual adjustable the art may understand that there may be a nnmber of different
bed facility 102 position may match one of the values and the methods of recalling a plurality of marked 214 or unmarked
algorithm may then select the matching value as the one that 25 218 positions 212 from the table 222.
best represents the current position. In another situation, the Referring again to FIG. 1, in an embodiment, the remov-
actual adjustable bed facility 102 position may not match any able bed memory 154 may be used to upgrade the adjustable
of the plurality of values. In this case an algorithm may be bed facility 102 memory and software. For example, if new
used to determine which value best represents the position of control box 134 software was developed to provide better
the adjustable bed facility 102. The algorithm may run an 30 control over one of the adjustable bed facility 102 compo-
averaging calculation, interpolation calculation or other form nents, the software may be saved to a new replaceable
of prediction algorithm to select between two positions rep- memory that may replace the existing replaceable memory. In
resenting positions on either side of the actual adjustable bed this mamler, the software of the adjustable bed facility 102
facility 102 position, for example. Once the controller has could be upgraded just by providing the user with a new
made the determination as to which value represents the 35 replaceable memory.
current adjustable bed facility 102 position, the controller In an embodiment, the removable memory may be used to
may then store an association of the current position value provide a sales enterprise with adjustable bed facility 102
with the user-selected position (e.g. as described elsewhere demonstration software where the enterprise may be able to
herein). indicate at least one of a plurality of demonstrations for a user.
The embodiment of unmarking 218 preferred positions 40 For example, the user may be interested in how the adjustable
will be used in the following illustrations, but it should be bed facility 102 sections may be adjusted and the enterprise
understood that marking a current position value may also be may select a demonstration to shows all the section motion
used as a method of indicating a preferred position 212. available. In an embodiment, before an adjustable bed facility
In an embodiment, the user may indicate the current posi- 102 is shipped to a user, the enterprise may remove the dem-
tion value by indicating a set position on the remote 148; this 45 onstration removable memory and replace it with a standard
indication may result in all of the possible increment loca- adjustable bed facility 102 bed memory 154.
tions 212 having an indication 214 except for the one incre- In an embodiment, the memory connection 160 may be any
ment the user has selected which may be non-marked 218. For connection type that provides a connection between the bed
example, if the user selected the P3 position 212 as a preferred memory 154, control box 134, and the like. In an embodi-
position, all of the positions 212 may receive a mark 214 50 ment, the memory connection 160 may be a wired or wireless
except the one position P3 which may receive a non-mark connection. The wired connection may be a USB connection,
218. a serial connection, parallel connection, or the like. The wire-
In an embodiment, the positioning recall position logic of less connection may be by radio frequency (RF), infrared
the adjustable bed may seek possible positions 212 that do not (IR), Bluetooth, or the like. In an embodiment, the memory
have a mark 218 when determining what user positions to 55 connection 160 may be in a location that is easy for the user to
select. access the bed memory 154, may be attached to the memory
In an embodiment, the user may be able to set more than facility 150, may be attached to the control box 134, or the
one increment position 212 in the table 222 for a single button like. In an embodiment, the easy access memory connection
on the remote 148. For example, the user may be able to press may be on the side of the adjustable bed facility 102, on a rail
a button on the remote 148 in a certain way to set a non-mark 60 of the adjustable bed facility 102, under the adjustable bed
218 at different preferred positions 212. In another example, facility 102, or the like.
when the user presses a button on the remote 148, the current In an embodiment, the control box 134 may also access a
position value may be unmarked 218 as a preferred position network using a network connection 162. In an embodiment,
and an algorithm may be executed to unmark 218 other pre- the network may be a LAN, WAN, Internet, intranet, peer-to-
ferred positions 212 at certain increments from the user 65 peer, or other network with computer devices that the control
selected position. In one example of the algorithm, every 3 rd box 134 may communicate with. In an embodiment, the net-
position may be selected to be unmarked 218 as a preferred work connection 162 may be a wired or wireless connection.
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In an embodiment, using the network connection 162, the In an embodiment, using the remote 148, the control box
control box 134 may be able to communicate with the net- 134 may be able to control power outlets 138 to which exter-
work to periodically check for application software updates. nal devices may be connected; the power outlets may be
In an embodiment, if an application software update is associated with the adjustable bed facility 102, remote from
located, the control box 134 may send the user an email, the adjustable bed facility 102, or the like. In an embodiment,
instant messenger message, phone message, phone call, cell the control box may communicate with the power outlet using
phone message, cell phone call, fax, pager message, or the wired or wireless communications. In this embodiment, the
like to indicate that software updates are available. The user, power outlets 138 may receive power directly from a house-
using the device that received the notice of software update, hold outlet, fuse box, circuit box, or the like but the function
may send a reply to the control box that the software upgrade 10 of the power outlets 138 (e.g. on or off) may be controlled by
should be downloaded, should not be downloaded, or the like. the control box 134. For example, an external lamp may be
In an embodiment, an adjustable bed facility 102 enter- connected to the power outlets 138, there may be a selectable
prise, an adjustable bed facility 102 manufacturer, an adjust- control on the remote 148 for the user to turn the power outlet
able bed facility 102 service enterprise, or the like may send 15 138 on and off and therefore to turn the lamp on and off. In an
the control box 134 software updates using the network con- embodiment, the power outlets 138 may include a control
nection 162. In an embodiment, an adjustable bed facility 102 circuit that is able to control if the power outlet 138 receives
enterprise, an adjustable bed facility 102 manufacturer, an power from the household current. In an embodiment, there
adjustable bed facility 102 service enterprise, or the like may may be more than one power outlet controlled by the control
notify the user of available software upgrades for the adjust- 20 box 134 and there may be a selection for each of the power
able bed facility 102 by email, instant messenger message, outlets 138 on the remote 148.
phone message, phone call, cell phone message, cell phone In an embodiment, the power outlets 138 may be directly
call,fax, pager message, or the like. The user, using the device controlled by the remote control 148 using radio frequency
that received the notice of software upgrade, may send a reply (RF). The remote control and power outlets may be RF
to the adjustable bed facility 102 enterprise, the adjustable 25 capable for communication within the adjustable bed facility
bed facility 102 manufacturer, the adjustable bed facility 102 102. The remote control 148 may be able to directly control
service enterprise, or the like that the software upgrade should the power outlets 138 to turn the power outlets on and off
be downloaded, should not be downloaded, or the like. using RF without interfacing with the control box 134.
In an embodiment, the user may access the network con- In an embodiment, the control box 134 may be able to
nection 162 with the user's own computer device. 30 control an external air purification 144 facility; the air puri-
In an embodiment, the remote 148 and control box 134 fication 144 facility may be directly controlled by the control
may be able to control other devices that may be connected to box using a wired or wireless connection. In an embodiment,
modular controls 132. In an embodiment, the modular con- the wireless connection may be radio frequency (RF), infra-
trols 132 may be similar to the control box by interpreting red (IR), Bluetooth, or the like. In an embodiment, the air
commands to control a device, but may be unique to the 35 purification facility 144 may be any type of device or facility
device that is connected to it. In an embodiment, the modular that may be capable of improving that air environment in the
controls 132 may control audio equipment, video equipment, area of the adjustable bed facility 102. In an embodiment, the
lamps, air purification facilities, outlets, and the like. For air purification facility 144 may be an absorbent type (e.g.
example, the modular control 132 may be connected to audio carbon), electro-static, HEPA filter, or the like. In an embodi-
equipment and may contain the command sequences to con- 40 ment, absorbent materials may be used in a filter, in the
trol the audio equipment based on commands that may be adjustable bed facility 102, in the mattress 110, or the like to
received from the remote 148. It may be obvious to someone absorbed odor, dust, contaminants, or the like from the air
in the art that any of the devices that are connected to modular environment around the bed, within the bed, or the like. In an
controls 132 may be controlled in the same manner. embodiment, electro-static or iconic air filters may use nega-
In an embodiment, the user may indicate a function to be 45 tive ions to attract dust, contaminants, and the like from the
accessed for a certain device connected to a modular control air. In an embodiment, electro-static materials (e.g. tourma-
132, the control box 134 may receive the request from the line) may be used in a filter, in the adjustable bed facility 102,
remote 148 and pass the command onto the appropriate in the mattress 110, or the like to absorbed odor, dust, con-
modular control 132. In an embodiment, the remote 148 may taminants, or the like from the air environment around the
have modular control 132 device functions that the user may 50 bed, within the bed, or the like. In an embodiment, HEPA
select to control a modular control 132 device. For example, filters are composed of a mat of randomly arranged fibers that
the remote 148 may have functions such as play, fast-forward, are designed to trap at least 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold,
rewind, skip, pause, and the like for an audio device con- bacteria, and any airborne particles with a size of 0.3
nected to the modular control 132. micrometers (fllll) at 85 liters per minute (Lpm). The HEPA
In an embodiment, the modular controls 132 may be con- 55 filter may be used in a device, facility, or the like for filtering
nected to the control box 134 and power supply 140 using a the air in the area of the adjustable bed facility 102.
wire harness 128. The wire harness 128 may contain power In an embodiment, the air purification facility 144 may be
and data connections for all of the possible connection loca- part of the adjustable bed facility 102, a freestanding device or
tions for the modular controls 132. For example, if there are facility, or the like. In an embodiment, if the air purification
six locations on the adjustable bed facility 102 for attaching 60 facility 144 is part of the adjustable bed facility 102 the air
modular controls 132, the wire harness 128 may have six sets purification facility 144 may be attached to any part of the
of power and data connections available. adjustable bed facility 102 such as the mattress 110, sub-
In another embodiment, the wire harness may provide only frame 112, skeleton structure 114, or the like. In an embodi-
power to the modular controls 132 and the communication ment, the air purification facility 144 that is attached to the
between the modular controls 132 and control box 134 may 65 adjustable bed facility 102 may be controlled direct control of
be wireless that may include radio frequency (RF), infrared the air purification facility 144 device, control using the
(IR), Bluetooth, and the like. remote 148, or the like.
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In an embodiment, the air purification facility 144 may be In an embodiment, the actuator 104 may have different
a free standing device that may be plugged into a adjustable driving means to extend and retract the actuator 104 such as
bed facility 102 power outlet 138 and therefore may be con- an electric motor, pneumatic pressure, hydraulic pressure, or
trolled with the remote 148 controlling the on/off condition of the like.
the power outlet 138. In an embodiment, the electric motor driven actuator 104
In an embodiment, the air purification facility 144 may be may use a DC or AC motor and gear assembly to extend and
a freestanding device that may be connected to an adjustable retract the actuator 104.
bed facility 102 modular control 128. The modular control In an embodiment, the pneumatic pressure actuator 104
may provide power (AC or DC), control communication, and may use an air source to extend and retract the actuator 104.
The air source may be part of the pneumatic actuator 104, may
the like to the air purification facility 114. In an embodiment, 10
be a separate device, or the like. In an embodiment, the
the user may be able to control the air purification facility 144
separate air source device may be part of the adjustable bed
using the remote 148 to control the modular controls 132.
facility 102 or may be external to the adjustable bed facility
In an embodiment, an adjustable bed facility 102 may be 102.
any bed that is capable of adjusting at least one aspect of the 15
In an embodiment, the hydraulic pressure actuator 104 may
bed such as a head section, a foot section, a leg section, a torso use a fluid source to extend and retract the actuator 104. The
section, or the like. In an embodiment, the adjustment may fluid source may be part of the hydraulic actuator 104, may be
include moving the sections up, down, higher, lower, longer, a separate device, or the like. In an embodiment, the separate
shorter, and the like. In an embodiment, the section adjust- fluid source device may be part of the adjustable bed facility
ments may also include vibration, massage, and the like. In an 20 102 or may be external to the adjustable bed facility 102.
embodiment, the adjustable bed facility 102 may include In an embodiment, springs 108 may be used with a mattress
components such as actuators 104, springs 108, a mattress 110, instead of a mattress 110, or the like. In an embodiment,
110, a sub-frame 112, a skeleton structure 114, vibration the springs may be a standard bed spring system (e.g. coils
motors 118, supports 120, safety brackets 122, wire harness within a wire framework), individual coil springs, individual
128, receiver 130 modular controls 132, control box 134, 25 foam springs, air springs, or the like. In an embodiment, the
power outlets 138, power supply 140, power connection 142, individual springs (e.g. coil, foam, or air) may be used to
air purification facility 144, remote control 148, receiver learn provide variable firnmess to provide comfort to the user. For
facility 152, bed memory 154, backup battery 158, memory example, the springs 108 may be less firm or firmer in a local
connection 160, network connection 162, and the like. area to provide the user with the support that may be required
In an embodiment, the adjustable bed facility 102 sections 30
for a body location that is experiencing discomfort (e.g. a hip,
shoulder, back, neck).
may be adjustable by a user, a care giver, a medical person, or
In an embodiment, the mattress 11 0 may include foam,
the like to provide a comfortable position, a medical required
feathers, springs 108, material, or the like. In an embodiment
position, a working position, a resting position, or the like.
the different materials may be used individually or in combi-
For example, a medical position may be required to have a 35
nation. The mattress may be intended to provide the user with
user's legs elevated to aid in the reduction of swelling and a firnmess that provides for the comfort requirements of the
therefore the leg or foot sections may be elevated. In another user.
example, a user with a back condition may need to rest his or In an embodiment, the mattress 110 may be an air mattress.
her back and may still wish to work, the user may be able to In an embodiment, the air mattress may be constructed using
position the adjustable bed facility 102 to provide a comfort- 40 a single chamber, a plurality of chambers, a plurality of indi-
able back position that allows the user to work on papers or a vidual chambers, a combination of chamber shapes, or the
computer device. like. In an embodiment, the air mattress 110 may be inflated
In an embodiment, the adjustable bed facility 102 may be to various pressures that may provide the user with the desired
used in a home, a hospital, a long-term care facility, or the comfort level. In an embodiment, there may be separate air
like. The adjustable bed facility 102 may be used by users that 45 mattresses 110 for each of the adjustable bed facility 102
may have limited mobility, are restricted to bed rest, require a sections. For example, there may be separate air mattresses
non-flat sleeping position, and the like. 110 for the head, torso, and foot sections of the adjustable bed
In an embodiment, actuators 104 may be used to move the facility 102. In an embodiment, the inflation pressure of the
adjustable bed facility 102 sections. The actuator 104 may individual air mattresses 11 0 may be different from each
typically be a cylinder device where a first component, under 50
other depending on user settings.
a force, is extendable from second component that may result In another embodiment of an air mattress 110 with indi-
vidual chambers, local firnmess control may provide local
in the action of moving an object. In an embodiment, there
firnmess comfort to a user to provide comfort. For example, a
may be more than one actuator 104 per adjustable bed facility
user may be recovering from surgery and may require the air
102. There may be an actuator 104 to move any of the adjust- 55
mattress 110 to be less firm in a certain area, the user may be
able bed facility 102 sections or other aspects of the adjust- able to indicate the area to be less firm and the individual
able bed facility 102. For example, there may be individual chamber pressures may be adjusted to provide the less firm
actuators for the head section, leg section, foot section, torso area. Additionally, while a local area may be provided with a
section, or the like. In an embodiment, a single actuator may less firm pressures, the remainder of the mattress 110 may
be used to move more than one adjustable bed facility 102 60 have a consistent firnmess pressure.
section. For example, one actuator may be used to move the In an embodiment, the sub-frame 112 may be a structural
leg and foot sections; the leg and foot sections may be con- support frame in contact with the floor and may include the
nected by a mechanical structure that may control the orien- floor legs, connections for the actuators 104, connections for
tation of the leg and foot sections during movement. In an the supports 120, support for the skeleton structure 114, and
embodiment, the actuators 104 may be connected between 65 the like. In an embodiment, the sub-frame 112 materials may
the adjustable bed facility 102 section to be moved and the include wood, metal, plastic, and the like. In an embodiment,
sub-frame 112, skeleton structure 114, or the like. the sub-frame 112 may provide a support interface to the
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skeleton structure 114 and may support the freedom of be understood by one knowledgeable in the art that different
motion for the skeleton structure 114. For example, the sub- effects may be created with more than one vibration facility
frame 112 may include an interface such as a track, surface, 118.
groove, slot, or the like in which the skeleton structure 114 In an embodiment, using the remote 148, the user may be
may interface and use as a guide while providing motion able to control the vibration mode of the various vibration
support for the various adjustable bed facility 102 sections. In motors 118; the mode may include the vibration setting for a
an embodiment, the sub-frame 112 interface may be a "C" particular bed section, the vibration frequency of at least one
channel in which the skeleton structure 114 may have inter- of the vibration motors 118, stopping the vibration of at least
facing wheels to move within the "C" channel during the one of the vibration motors, or the like. The remote 148 may
provide vibration motor 118 control information to the
adjustable bed facility 102 section movements. 10
adjustable bed facility 102 control box 134 for control of the
In an embodiment, the sub-frame 112 may be substantially
vibration characteristics of the adjustable bed facility 102. In
the same shape as the adjustable bed facility 102 and may
an embodiment, the remote 148 may include user inputs that
have structural members along the length and width of the include at least one of head vibration increase, head vibration
sub-frame 112. In an embodiment, the structural members 15
decrease, foot vibration increase, foot vibration decrease,
may be assembled in any configuration that meets the require- user preferred vibration settings, vibration stop, or the like.
ments of supporting the adjustable bed facility 102 and the In an embodiment, the vibration motor 118 may be capable
various devices such as the actuators 104, supports 120, skel- of a plurality of vibration frequencies. For example, the vibra-
eton structure 114, and the like. tion motor 118 may be able to operate on frequencies such as
In an embodiment, the skeleton structure 114 may be a 20 high, medium, low, settings 1-10, or the like. In an embodi-
mechanical structure that may provide support to the springs ment, a first vibration frequency may be stopped before a
108, provide support to the mattress 110, interface with the second vibration frequency is started. In embodiments, the
sub-frame 112, provide a connection to the actuators 104, stopping between the first vibration and the second vibration
provide a connection to the supports 120, support the vibra- may be automatic and controlled by the logic within the
tion motors 118, and the like. In an embodiment, there may be 25 control box 134, may be manually indicated by the user using
more than one skeleton structure 114 within the adjustable the remote 148, or the like. As an example of manual input,
bed facility 102; there may be a skeleton structure 114 for the vibration motor 118 may be operating on a medium fre-
each adjustable bed facility 102 section. For example, there quency and the user may provide a stop vibration input on the
may be a skeleton structure 114 for the head section, foot remote 148 to stop the first vibration motor 118 vibration
section, leg section, torso section, and the like. 30 before pressing the low vibration frequency input.
In an embodiment, the skeleton structure 114 may be a Referring to FIG. SA and FIG. 5B, an embodiment of a
frame type structure to support at least one mattress 110, vibration motor 118 is shown within an opening of a adjust-
provide connectivity between more than one mattress 110, able bed facility 102 support lateral surface 508. The adjust-
contain a hinge mechanism to allow the motion of a first able bed facility 102 section may have a lateral surface 508
mattress 110 in relation to a second mattress 110, and the like. 35 and the lateral surface 508 may include an opening in which
The frame structure may be substantially the same shape as the vibration motor 118 may be located; the vibration motor
the mattress 110 that the skeleton structure 114 is supporting 118 may fit within the opening such that the vibration motor
and may have individual structure members at the peripheral 118 may not contact the lateral surface 508. In an embodi-
edges of the mattress 110 in addition to other individual ment, the vibration motor 118 may be secured to the adjust-
structural members that may be required for support of 40 able bed facility 102 section using at least one bracket 504. In
mechanical connections, support of the mattress 110, or the an embodiment, when more than one bracket 504 is used, at
like. In an embodiment, the skeleton structure 114 may least one of the brackets 504 may be separable and removable.
include materials such as metal, wood, plastic, and the like. In an embodiment, the at least one bracket 504 may be shaped
The skeleton structure 114 materials may be used individu- to secure the vibration motor 118 within the section opening
ally or in combination. 45 such as a straight bracket, a U shaped bracket, an L shaped
In an embodiment, the skeleton structure 114 may have an bracket, or the like; in FIG. SA and FIG. 5B the bracket 504 is
interface facility such as wheels, slides, skids, rails, pivot shown as a straight bracket 504. In an embodiment, the
points, and the like that may interface with the sub-frame 112 removal of one of the brackets 504 may facilitate securing the
support interface. The skeleton structure 114 interface facility vibration motor 118 to the bed section, facilitating the servic-
may provide for smooth interaction with the sub-frame 112 50 ing of the vibration motor 118, or the like. The bracket 504
support interface when the skeleton structure 114 is in motion may be positioned such that at least one portion of the bracket
as a result of actuation from the actuators 104. 504 is within the opening of the lateral surface 508 and may
In an embodiment, a vibration facility 118 may provide also be positioned such that the bracket 504 may overlap the
vibration input to the adjustable bed facility 102 sections such vibration motor 118 flange. The vibration motor 118 flange
as the head section, foot section, leg section, torso section, 55 may extend beyond the perimeter of the opening of the mat-
and the like; there may be vibration facilities in any or all of tress support and the resilient material 502 may provide posi-
the adjustable bed facility 102 sections. In an embodiment, tional support for the vibration motor 118 so that the flange
the vibration facilities 118 may be operated independently, at imparts vibration to the mattress 110 without contacting the
the same time, at alternate times, in coordination, or the like. mattress support. The at least one bracket 504 may be coupled
For example, the vibration facilities in the head section and 60 to the mattress support 508 using a removable coupling.
foot section may be operated at the same time to provide a full Removing the at least one bracket may facilitate removing
body massage or the vibration frequencies may operate at and servicing the motor. The resilient material 502 may pro-
alternating times to provide a wave effect of the vibration vide mechanical insulation between the flange and the perim-
moving from the head to foot of the adjustable bed facility eter of the opening in the mattress support 508. The resilient
102. In another example, the different vibration facilities 118 65 material 502 disposed between the flange and the lateral
may be used in concert where the vibration facilities 118 may support 508 surface of the at least one bracket 504 may further
be vibrated in sequences to create a massaging effect. It may provide positional support for the vibration motor 118 hous-
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ing. The bracket 504 may be constructed using material such the vibration characteristics of the vibration motor 118 and
as plastic, metal or the like and may be constructed using the may have a size and shape relative to the size and shape of the
materials individually or in combination. In an embodiment, adjustable bed facility 102 section. The vibration distribution
there may be a resilient material 502 associated with the facility may be constructed using materials such as plastic,
brackets 504, the resilient material may provide for dampen- rubber, metal, or the like and may be constructed using these
ing the vibration between the vibration motor 118 and the materials individually or in combination. In an embodiment,
adjustable bed facility 102, may contact the vibration motor the user may be able to control the speed, amplitude, pulse,
118 to secure the vibration motor 118 to the bed section, may and the like of the vibration facility 118 using an interface
provide for dampening of vibration to the adjustable bed such as the remote 148.
facility 102 and hold the vibration motor 118 in place, or the 10
In an embodiment, the vibrator facility 118 may be
like. The resilient material 502 may include latex foam, poly-
mounted to the mattress 110 using the vibration distribution
urethane foam, polypropylene foam, polyethylene foam, or
facility, resilient material 502, strong fabric, or the like. In an
the like and may be used individually or in combination.
In an embodiment, the vibration facility 118 may be con- embodiment, each adjustable bed facility 102 section that
nected to the skeleton structure 114, the mattress 110, the 15
includes a vibrator facility 118 may have an opening in the
lateral surface 508, or the like where the vibration may be section to accept the vibrator facility 118. In an embodiment,
imparted into the adjustable bed facility 102 mattress 110 as over the opening in the section, a layer of resilient material
desired by the user. In an embodiment, the vibration motor 502, strong fabric, or the like may be placed. The layer of
118 flange may provide surface area that may impart a vibra- resilient material 502, strong fabric, or the like may be placed
tion into the mattress 110. In an embodiment, the vibration 20 between the vibrator facility 118 and the mattress 110. In an
motor 118 may be secured to the adjustable bed facility 102 embodiment, the vibrator facility 118 may impart vibrations
section using two separable brackets; at least one of the two to a mattress 110 through the resilient material 502 disposed
separable brackets may be removable. In an embodiment, the over an opening in an adjustable bed facility 102 section. In an
removal of one of the brackets may facilitate securing the embodiment, a fabric cover may be disposed over the resilient
vibration motor 118 to the bed section, facilitating the servic- 25 material 502 and/or an adjustable bed facility 102 section,
ing of the vibration motor 118, or the like. The bracket may be between the vibrator facility 118 and the mattress 110. In
constructed using a material such as plastic, metal, or the like embodiments, a plurality of fabric covers may be disposed
and may be constructed using the materials individually or in over the resilient material 502 and/or an adjustable bed facil-
combination. In an embodiment, there may be a resilient ity 102 section to provide stabilization. In an embodiment, the
material attached to the brackets, the resilient material may 30 vibrator facility 118 may impart vibrations to a mattress 110
provide for a dampening the vibration between the vibration through a resilient material 502 and a fabric or plurality of
motor 118 and the adjustable bed facility 102, may contact the fabrics covering the resilient material 502 and/or adjustable
vibration motor 118 to secure the vibration motor 118 to the bed facility 102 section.
bed section, or the like. For example, the brackets may be In an embodiment, the resilient material 502 may be foam,
attached to the adjustable bed facility 102 section with the 35 cotton matting, or the like. In an embodiment, the vibration
resilient material making contact with the vibration motor distribution facility may be plastic, wood, rubber, metal, or
118 that may be in an opening of the section. The resilient the like and may be any size and/or shape that supports the
material may provide the force required to hold the vibration required vibration characteristics. The vibration distribution
motor in place within the section opening and may provide facility may have a plurality of barbs or other anchoring
dampening of the vibration to the adjustable bed facility. The 40 devices that may be pushed into the resilient material, strong
resilient material may include latex foam, polyurethane foam, fabric, or the like to secure the vibration distribution facility in
polypropylene foam, polyethylene foam, or the like and may place on top of the resilient material, strong fabric, or the like.
be used individually or in combination. In an embodiment, the barbs or other anchoring devices may
In an embodiment, the electric motor vibration facility 118 have a number of gripping edges, points, or the like to provide
may use DC or AC current to power the motor. In an embodi- 45 a connection with the resilient material and strong fabric.
ment' to provide the vibration, the motor may rotate an offset In an embodiment, the vibrator facility 118 may be
mass on the motor shaft that may cause the vibration facility mounted to the vibration distribution facility through the
118, mattress 110, skeleton structure 114, or the like to opening of the adjustable bed facility 102 section lateral
vibrate. The user may feel the vibration through the mattress surface 508. In an embodiment, the vibration motor 118 may
110, springs 108, or the like. 50 be operatively connected to the vibration distribution facility,
In an embodiment, an air bladder or air spring may be used may be in contact with the vibration distribution facility, may
to provide a vibration to the adjustable bed facility 102. In an not be in contact with the vibration distribution facility, or the
embodiment, the air bladder or air spring air pressure may be like. In an embodiment, there may be a layer of resilient
varied at a frequency to create a vibration within the vibration material, strong fabric, or the like between the vibrator motor
facility 118, mattress 110, skeleton structure 114, or the like. 55 118 and the vibration distribution facility.
In an embodiment, there may be an air supply unit that sup- In an embodiment, any space between the vibration facility
plies the frequency varied air pressure to the air bladder or air 118 and the opening of the adjustable bed facility 102 section
spring. may be filled with a vibration absorbent material such as
In an embodiment, the vibration motor 118 may be in foam, cotton matting, rubber, or the like. The absorbent mate-
proximity to a vibration distribution facility that may aid in 60 rial may provide a layer of vibration insulation between the
the propagation of vibration energy to the adjustable bed vibration facility 118 and the adjustable bed facility 102
facility 102 section. In an embodiment, the vibration motor section opening.
118 may be operatively connected to the vibration distribu- In an embodiment, the combination of the vibration distri-
tion facility, may be in contact with the vibration distribution bution facility and vibration facility 118 may be a vibration
facility, may not be in contact with the vibration distribution 65 facility assembly. In an embodiment, the vibration facility
facility, or the like. In an embodiment, the vibration distribu- 118 assembly may be attached to the adjustable bed facility
tion facility may provide for a more uniform distribution of 118 sections with the plurality of barbs or anchoring devices.
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Referring again to FIG. 1, in an embodiment, the supports plied may be individual components, may be combined into a
120 may be hydraulic pressurized cylinders that may provide single component, may be a combination of individual and
additional control of the decent of the adjustable bed facility combined components, or the like. In an embodiment, the
102 sections. The pressurized supports 120 may be designed various electronic facility 124 components may be mounted
to support a certain amount of weight that may include the on the sub-frame 112, skeleton structure 114, or the like as
skeleton structure 114, mattress 110, springs 108, user, and required for the particular component.
the like. In an embodiment, the pressurized cylinders may be In an embodiment, the wire harness 128 may provide
similar to the type of supports that are used in automobile power and data connections to a plurality of modular controls
trunks to support the trunk open while the user access the 132. Depending on the power supply 140, the wire harness
trunk area. 10 may provide either DC or AC power to the modular controls
In an embodiment, the supports 120 may provide a safety 132. In an embodiment, the data connections may be serial,
feature when combined with the safety bracket 112. The parallel, or the like. In an embodiment, the wire harness may
safety bracket 122 may prevent the actuators from forcibly have the same number of power/data connections as there are
pulling the adjustable bed facility 102 sections down; the possible modular controls 132. In an embodiment, the wire
safety bracket is described in more detail below. The supports 15 harness may be a nnit of power!data connections that may be
120 may be positioned on the sections that are actuated and bound together into a single wire harness. In another embodi-
may provide a controlled speed at which the sections will ment' the wire harness may be a group of individual power!
return to a horizontal position. In an embodiment, the support data connections. In an embodiment, for each individual wire
120 may provide support of a weight that is less than the in the bundle, group, or the like, a first end may have connec-
weight of the section, therefore the section will provide 20 tions for the control box 134 and power supply 140.A second
enough force (e.g. weight) on the support 120 to compress the end of the wire harness 128 may be a power and data connec-
cylinder and move the section down. In an embodiment, there tion for each individual modular control 132.
may be more than one support 120 for each actuated adjust- In an embodiment, a receiver 130 may receive user com-
able bed facility 102 section. In an embodiment, the support mands from a remote control 148. In an embodiment, the
120 may be connected between the skeleton structure 114 and 25 receiver 130 may have a wireless or wired connection to the
the sub-frame 112. remote 148. In an embodiment, the wireless remote 148 to
In an embodiment, the safety bracket 122 may be a slotted receiver 130 communication may be a radio frequency (RF)
bracket that provides the connection between the actuators communication, infrared (IR) commnnication, Bluetooth
104 and the skeleton structure 114 for the purpose of moving communication, or the like. In an embodiment, the receiver
the adjustable bed facility 102 sections. A side of the slot that 30 130 may receive the commnnication command from the
is farthest from the actuator 104 may be the slot first side and remote 148 and transmit the remote 148 command to the
may be the side that the actuator 104 pushes on to move the control box 134. The commnnication with the control box
adjustable bed 102 section up.A side of the slot that is nearest 134 may be wireless or wired. In an embodiment, the wireless
to the actuator 104 may be the slot second side and may be the communication between the receiver 130 and the control box
side the actuator 104 pulls on to move the adjustable bed 102 35 134 may be a radio frequency (RF) commnnication, infrared
section down. In an embodiment, when the actuator 104 is (IR) communication, Bluetooth commnnication, or the like.
expanding and moving an adjustable bed facility 102 section In an embodiment, the receiver 130 may be combined with
it may apply a force on the first side of the slot and move the the control box 134 into a single component. In an embodi-
section in an upward direction. When the actuator 104 is ment, the skeleton structure 114 may be used as an RF
retracted to move the section in a downward direction, the 40 antenna for receiving communication from the remote 148 to
actuator 104 connection may move into the middle area (e.g. the receiver 13 O. In embodiment, the entire skeleton structure
not in contact with the first or second side of the slot) of the 114 may be used as an antenna, a portion of the skeleton
safety bracket 122 slot. As the actuator 104 connection moves structure 114 may be used as an antenna, or the like.
into the slot middle area, the adjustable bed facility 102 In an embodiment, the modular controls 132 may provide
section may move in a downward motion under the force of 45 additional functionality to the adjustable bed facility 102 that
section weight. In an embodiment, the actuator 104 may may include a stereo, a CD player, an MP3 player, a DVD
retract at the same speed as the safety bracket 122 moves, player, a lamp, power outlets 138, an air purification facility
therefore the actuator 104 connection may stay in the safety 144, or the like. The additional functionality that the modular
bracket 122 slot middle area and not make contact with the controls 132 provide may be considered optional equipment
second side of the safety bracket 122 slot. In this manner, the 50 that may be offered with the adjustable bed facility 102. For
actuator 104 connection may not contact the second side of example, a user may be able to purchase an adjustable bed
the slot and therefore the adjustable bed 102 section may not facility 102 without any modular controls 132 and may add
move in the downward direction by the force of the actuator modular controls as he or she desires. In another example, the
104. user may purchase the adjustable bed facility 102 with modu-
In an embodiment, if the actuator 104 connection comes in 55 lar controls already installed. In an embodiment, the modular
contact with the second side of the safety bracket 122 slot, controls 132 may have predetermined mounting locations on
there may be a shutoff switch, shutoff indicator, or the like the sub-frame 112, skeleton structure 114, or the like.
that may stop the retraction of the actuator 104. In an embodiment, the modular controls 132 may directly
In an embodiment, the adjustable bed facility 102 may control devices, indirectly control devices, or the like. For
include an electronic facility 124. In an embodiment, the 60 example, the modular control 132 may directly control a lamp
electronic facility 124 may include a wire harness 128, a that is connected to the modular control 132 but may indi-
receiver 130, power outlets 138, modular controls 132, a rectly control a device or facility that is plugged into an outlet
power supply 140, a power connection 142, and the like. In an 138 controlled by the modular control 132. The devices and
embodiment, different components of the electronic facility facilities may include a stereo, CD player, DVD player, air
124 may be individual components, combined components, 65 purification facilities, or the like may receive power from
individual and combined components, or the like. For power outlets 138 that are controlled by the modular control
example, the receiver 130, control box 134, and power sup- 132. In this example, the user control of the power outlet 138
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to tum the device on or off but the user may not be able to received from the control box 134. In an embodiment, the
control the individual device (e.g. the volume of stereo). In an control box 134 may receive commands for the power outlet
embodiment, the user may control the additional function 138 control from the remote 148.
devices by using the remote 148 that may have an interface for In an embodiment, the power connection 142 may receive
each of the modular controls 132. For example, there may be standard power for the adjustable bed facility 102 from a
an interface on the remote 148 for turning on a lamp, turning standard outlet, fuse box, circuit box, or the like. In an
off a lamp, dimming a lamp, and the like. In a similar manner, embodiment, the power connection 142 may provide stan-
the user may be able to control if a power outlet 138 provided dard AC power to the power outlets 138, the power supply
by a modular control 132 is on or off. 140, or the like.
In an embodiment, the modular controls 132 may be con- 10 In an embodiment, the air purification facility 144 may be
nected to the control box 134, power supply 140, or the like; any type of device or facility that may be capable of improv-
the connection may be the wire harness 128. In an embodi- ing that air environment in the area of the adjustable bed
ment, the modular controls 132 may communicate with the facility 102. In an embodiment, the air purification facility
control box 134 by a wireless means that may include radio 144 may be an absorbent type (e.g. carbon), electro-static,
frequency (RF), infrared (IR), Bluetooth, or other wireless 15 HEPA filter, or the like. In an embodiment, absorbent mate-
communication type. rials may be used in a filter, in the adjustable bed facility 102,
In an embodiment, the control box 134 may interpret com- in the mattress 110, or the like to absorbed odor, dust, con-
mands received from the receiver 130 into commands for the taminants, or the like from the air environment around the
various adjustable bed facility 102 components such as the bed, within the bed, or the like. In an embodiment, electro-
actuators 104, the vibration facility 118, the modular controls 20 static or iconic air filters may use negative ions to attract dust,
132, power outlets 138, and the like. In an embodiment, the contaminants, and the like from the air. In an embodiment,
control box 134 may contain a microprocessor, microcontrol- electro-static materials (e.g. tourmaline) may be used in a
ler, or the like to run a software application to interpret the filter, in the adjustable bed facility 102, in the mattress 110, or
commands received from the remote 148 through the receiver the like to absorbed odor, dust, contaminants, or the like from
130. In an embodiment, the software application may be 25 the air environment around the bed, within the bed, or the like.
interrupt based, polling based, or other application method In an embodiment, HEPA filters are composed of a mat of
for determining when a user has selected a command on the randomly arranged fibers that are designed to trap at least
remote 148. In an embodiment, the software application may 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and any airborne
be stored in the control box 134, stored in bed memory 154, or particles with a size of 0.3 micrometers (fllll) at 85 liters per
the like and may be stored as software, as firmware, as hard- 30 minute (Lpm). The HEPA filter may be used in a device,
ware, or the like. facility, or the like for filtering the air in the area of the
In an embodiment, the control box 134 may receive infor- adjustable bed facility 102.
mation from the receiver 130 by wired communication, wire- In an embodiment, the air purification facility 144 may be
less communication, or the like. In an embodiment, the wire- part of the adjustable bed facility 102, a freestanding device or
less communication may be by radio frequency (RF), infrared 35 facility, or the like. In an embodiment, if the air purification
(IR), Bluetooth, or other wireless communication type. facility 144 is part of the adjustable bed facility 102 the air
In an embodiment, after the control box 134 has interpreted purification facility 144 may be attached to any part of the
the received user commands, the control box 134 may trans- adjustable bed facility 102 such as the mattress 110, sub-
mit the interpreted commands to the various controllers for frame 112, skeleton structure 114, or the like. In an embodi-
the adjustable bed facility 102 components such as the actua- 40 ment, the air purification facility 144 that is attached to the
tors 104, vibrator facility 118, modular controls 132, power adjustable bed facility 102 may be controlled direct control of
outlets 138, and the like. The control box 134 may transmit the air purification facility 144, control using the remote 148,
information that may be further interpreted by the compo- or the like.
nents into commands for the individual components. For In an embodiment, the air purification facility 144 may be
example, the control box 134 may receive a command to 45 a free standing device that may be plugged into an adjustable
move the head section up. The control box 134 may interpret bed facility 102 power outlet 138 and therefore may be con-
the remote 148 command into a command the actuator may trolled with the remote 148 controlling the on/off condition of
understand and may transmit the command to extend the head the power outlet 138.
section actuator to move the head section up. In an embodiment, the air purification facility 144 may be
In an embodiment, the power supply 140 may receive 50 a freestanding device that may be connected to an adjustable
power from a standard wall outlet, fuse box, circuit box, or the bed facility 102 modular control 128. The modular control
like and may provide power to all the powered components of may provide power (AC or DC), control communication, and
the adjustable bed facility 102. In an embodiment, the power the like to the air purification facility 114. In an embodiment,
supply 140 may provide DC power or AC power to the com- the user may be able to control the air purification facility 144
ponents. In an embodiment, if the power supply 140 provides 55 using the remote 148 to control the modular controls 132.
DC power, the power supply 140 may convert the incoming In an embodiment, the remote 148 may be a user controlled
AC power into DC power for the adjustable bed facility 102. device to provide control commands to the control box 134 to
In an embodiment, the power outlets 138 may provide command certain functions of the adjustable bed facility 102.
standard householdAC current using a standard outlet for use In an embodiment, the certain functions may be adjustable
by external devices using a standard plug. In an embodiment, 60 bed facility section movement (e.g. up or down), vibration
the power outlets 138 may receive power directly from a control, modular controlled 132 devices, or the like. In an
standard wall outlet, a fuse box, a circuit box, or the like, but embodiment, the remote 148 may communicate with the
the control box 134 may control whether the power outlet 138 control box using wired communication, wireless communi-
on or off. In an embodiment, the power outlet 138 may have cation, or the like. In an embodiment, the wireless communi-
a control circuit that may determine if the power outlet 138 is 65 cation may be using a radio frequency (RF), infrared (IR),
active (on) or inactive (off). In an embodiment, the command Bluetooth, or the like. If the remote communicates using a
to indicate if the power outlet 138 is active or inactive may be wireless technology, the communication may be with the
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receiver 130 and the receiver 130 may pass the command was successful, failed, is in progress, in conflict with a com-
request to the control box 134. mand in progress, failed for safety reasons, or the like.
In an embodiment, the user may indicate the certain adjust- In an embodiment, a memory facility 150 may contain
able bed facility 102 function using the remote 148 by press- components that are intended to maintain certain memory
ing a button, touching a screen, entering a code, speaking a locations for the control box to access, receiver to access, and
command, or the like. In an embodiment, the control box 134, the like. In an embodiment, the memory facility 150 may
using the receiver 130, may receive and interpret the com- include a receiver learn facility 152, a bed memory 154, a
mand provided by the remote 148. In an embodiment, the backup battery 158, and the like. In an embodiment, the
certain functions available on the remote may instruct the receiver learn facility 152, bed memory 154, and backup
control box 134 to directly control a device (e.g. actuator 10 battery 158 may be in a single memory facility 150 or may be
104), control a modular control 132 counected device, or the in more than one memory facilities 150. In an embodiment,
like. The remote may control devices with commands that the memory facility 152 may be part of the adjustable bed
may include on, off, high power, medium power, low power, facility 102, part of the electronic facility 124, a separate
volume, play, fast forward, rewind, skip, modular device to facility, or the like. In an embodiment, the receiver learn
control, or the like. For example, the remote 148 may transmit 15 facility 152, bed memory 154, and backup battery 158 may
a command to move the head section up and the control box not be part of the memory facility 150, but may be combined
134 may command the actuator 104 to extend a certain into other facilities or devices, be stand-alone devices, or the
amount in response to the command. In another example, the like.
remote 148 may command that a modular control 132 con- In an embodiment, the receiver learn facility 152 may act to
nected lamp be turned off. The control box 134 may com- 20 establish the communication link between the remote 148 and
mand the control box 132 to tum off the lamp. the receiver 130 where the communication between the
In an embodiment, the remote 148 may save adjustable bed remote 148 and receiver 130 is a wireless connection. In an
facility 102 user preferred settings to a plurality of memory embodiment, the communication link between the remote
locations that may be used to maintain the user determined 148 and the receiver 130 may need to be a unique connection
bed position, an adjustable bed facility 102 historical setting, 25 to assure that the remote 148 communicates with only one
or the like. For example, the user may have a certain preferred receiver 130 within one adjustable bed facility 102. In an
adjustable bed facility 102 position that may be stored in at embodiment, the receiver learn facility 152 may be used to
least one of the memory locations that the user may be able to provide a unique communication between any remote 148
later recall to move the adjustable bed facility into the user and any adjustable bed facility 102. For example, a remote
preferred position. By indicating the recall of the at least one 30 148 may be used to communicate with a first adjustable bed
memory locations, the adjustable bed facility 102 control box facility 102 and may be used to establish communication
134 may command the various components to move to the between the same remote and a second adjustable bed facility
stored memory location position to achieve the recalled posi- 102. The remote 148 may only be able to communicate with
tion. In an embodiment, for a remote 148 that may contain one adjustable bed facility 102 at a time.
buttons, the user may press a single button, a combination of 35 In an embodiment, a learn protocol between the remote 148
buttons, or the like to recall the memory position desired. and receiver 130 may be user initiated by pressing a button on
In an embodiment, the remote 148 may have buttons, an the receiver learn facility 152, powering up the receiver learn
LCD screen, a plasma screen or the like to allow the user to facility 152, bringing the receiver learn facility 152 within a
indicate the desired command. In an embodiment, the user certain proximity of the receiver 13 0, indicating on the remote
may press a button to indicate a command to the control box 40 148 to begin the learn protocol, or the like. In an embodiment,
134. In an embodiment, the LCD or plasma screens may be the learn protocol may be fully automatic, semi-automatic
touch screen sensitive. In an embodiment, the remote 148 with user intervention, manual, or the like. In an embodiment,
screen may present the available controls to the user and the a user may select a charmel, frequency, or the like during learn
user may touch the screen to indicate the command desired. protocol or after the learn protocol. The changing of the
For example, the remote 148 screen may only present con- 45 channel, frequency, or the like may prevent two different
troIs that are available in the adjustable bed facility 102; remote 148 and receiver 130 combinations from interfering
therefore if a modular control 132 is not available, the remote with other wireless communication devices. In an embodi-
148 may not display a selection for that modular control 132. ment, each time the learn protocol is executed, a new unique
In an embodiment, the remote 148 screen may present content communication link may be established; there may be a plu-
sensitive selections to the user. For example, if the user 50 rality of unique communication links available for each
selected to control a CD player, the user may be presented remote 148 and receiver 130 combination.
with CD player controls that may include play, fast forward, In an embodiment, the bed memory 154 may be the
rewind, skip, stop, repeat, or the like. memory location where the control box 134 stores user
In an embodiment, the remote 148 may provide feedback desired preset information, software for interpreting remote
to the user to indicate the success of the certain command. In 55 148 commands, demonstration software, and the like. In an
an embodiment, the feedback may be an audio feedback, a embodiment, the bed memory 154 may be removable
visual feedback, a forced feedback, or the like. In an embodi- memory. For example, the bed memory 154 may be moved
ment' the feedback types may be used individually or in from a first adjustable bed facility 102 to a second bed facility
combination. In an embodiment, the audio feedback may be a 102 to move user settings from the first adjustable bed facility
sound that indicates that the command was successful, failed, 60 102 to the second bed facility 102. In this marmer the bed
is in progress, in conflict with a command in progress, failed memory 154 may be considered portable memory. In an
for safety reasons, or the like. In an embodiment, the visual embodiment, the removable bed memory 154 may be flash
feedback may be an indication of the remote 148 screen that memory, programmable logic circuit (PLC) memory, secure
indicates that the command was successful, failed, is in digital (SD) memory, mini SD memory, Compact Flash type
progress, in conflict with a command in progress, failed for 65 I memory, Compact Flash type II memory, Memory Stick,
safety reasons, or the like. In an embodiment, the forced Multimedia Card, xD Picture card, Smartmedia, eXtreme
feedback may be a vibration that indicates that the command Digital, Microdrive, or the like.
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In an embodiment, the removable bed memory 154 may be phone message, phone call, cell phone message, cell phone
used to upgrade the adjustable bed facility 102 memory and call, fax, pager message, or the like. The user, using the device
software. For example, ifnew control box 134 software was that received the notice of software, may send a reply to the
developed to provide better control over one of the adjustable adjustable bed facility 102 enterprise, the adjustable bed
bed facility 102 components, the software may be saved to a facility 102 manufacturer, the adjustable bed facility 102
new replaceable memory that may be used in the place of the service enterprise, or the like that the software upgrade should
existing replaceable memory. In this manner, the software of be downloaded, should not be downloaded, or the like.
the adjustable bed facility 102 could be upgraded just by Referring now to FIG. 4, an embodiment of shipping and
providing the user with a new replaceable memory. assembling a mattress retaining bracket 402 is shown. The
In an embodiment, the removable memory may be used to 10 mattress retaining bracket 402 may be used to hold the mat-
provide a sales enterprise with adjustable bed facility 102 tress 110 (not shown) in place on the adjustable bed facility
demonstration software where the enterprise may be able to 102 as the adjustable bed facility 102 sections are adjusted.
indicate at least one of a plurality of demonstrations for a user. For example, as the head section is adjusted up, the mattress
For example, the user may be interested in how the adjustable 110 may tend to slide down towards the foot of the bed, the
bed facility 102 sections may be adjusted and the enterprise 15 mattress retaining bracket 402 may stop the mattress from
may select a demonstration to shows all the section motion sliding and may maintain the mattress 11 0 in the proper
available. In an embodiment, before an adjustable bed facility position on the adjustable bed facility 102. Inan embodiment,
102 is shipped to a user, the enterprise may remove the dem- there may be a mattress retaining 402 bracket at the head
onstration removable memory and replace it with a standard section and/or the foot section of the adjustable bed facility
adjustable bed facility 102 bed memory 154. 20 102.
In an embodiment, the backup battery 158 may be used to In an embodiment, the mattress retaining bracket 402 may
provide power to volatile memory, provide power to the be made of materials that include metal, plastic, rubber,
receiver learn facility 152, provide power to the program- wood, or the like. In an embodiment, the materials may be
mable logic circuit (PLC) memory, or the like. used individually or in combination.
In an embodiment, the memory connection 160 may be any 25 In an embodiment, as shown in VIEW A, when the adjust-
connection type that provides a connection between the bed able bed facility 102 is shipped to the user, the mattress
memory 154, control box 134, and the like. In an embodi- retaining bracket 402 may be mounted upside down at the
ment, the memory connection 160 may be a wired or wireless final location of the mattress retaining bracket 402. This
connection. The wired connection may be a USB connection, mounting method may provide benefits that may include
a serial connection, parallel connection, or the like. The wire- 30 mattress retaining bracket 402 breakage prevention, mattress
less connection may be by radio frequency (RF), infrared retaining bracket 402 bending prevention, clear user under-
(IR), Bluetooth, or the like. In an embodiment, the memory standing of the final mattress retaining bracket 402 location,
connection 160 may be in a location that is easy for the user to prevention of the mattress retaining bracket 402 becoming
access the bed memory 154, may be attached to the memory lost, and the like. In an embodiment, as shown in VIEW B,
facility 150, may be attached to the control box 134, or the 35 once the user receives the adjustable bed facility 102 with the
like. In an embodiment, the easy access memory connection upside down mounted mattress retaining bracket 402, the user
may be on the side of the adjustable bed facility 102, on a rail may rotate the mattress retaining bracket 402 into the upright
of the adjustable bed facility 102, under the adjustable bed position and re-secure it to the adjustable bed facility 102.
facility 102, or the like. Referring to FIG. 6, an example of an adjustable bed 600
In an embodiment, the network connection 162 may be 40 (without the mattress) is shown with the head 602 and foot
used to connect the control box 134 to a network connection. 604 sections raised to an elevated position. This adjustable
In an embodiment, the network connection may be a LAN, a bed 600 shows that sections, in this case the foot 604 section,
WAN, an Internet, an intranet, peer-to-peer network, or the may be divided into more than one section to provide con-
like. Using the network connection 162, the control box 134 touring of bed sections.
may be able to communicate with computer devices on the 45 Referring to FIG. 7, an example of actuators 104 connected
network. In an embodiment, the network connection 162 may to the bed frame 702 and the adjustable sections 704 is shown.
be a wired or wireless connection. In this case two actuators 104 are used, one for each adjust-
In an embodiment, using the network connection 162, the able bed section 704.
control box 134 may be able to communicate with the net- Referring to FIG. 8, an example of more than one actuator
work to periodically check for software updates. In an 50 104 for each adjustable bed section 802 is shown, in this case
embodiment, if a software update is located, the control box there are two actuators 104 for each adjustable section 802. In
134 may send the user an email, instant messenger message, embodiments, more than one actuator 104 per section 802
phone message, phone call, cell phone message, cell phone may be used if the bed sections 802 are heavy, smaller actua-
call, fax, pager message, or the like to indicate that software tors 104 are used, if the bedis a wide bed (e.g. king bed), orthe
updates are available. The user, using the device that received 55 like.
the notice of software, may send a reply to the control box that Referring to FIG. 9, an example of an adjustable bed 900
the software upgrade should be downloaded, should not be using slats 902 instead of wood decking for the foundation of
downloaded, or the like. the adjustable sections is shown. In embodiments, the slats
In an embodiment, an adjustable bed facility 102 enter- 902 may be wood, plastic, rubber, cloth, elastic material, or
prise, an adjustable bed facility 102 manufacturer, an adjust- 60 the like. Using this design, the adjustable bed 900 may be
able bed facility 102 service enterprise, or the like may send provided with curved contours has shown in the head section
the control box 134 software updates using the network con- 904. In an embodiment, the curved sections may be con-
nection 162. In an embodiment, an adjustable bed facility 102 structed of a number of small connected individual sections.
enterprise, an adjustable bed facility 102 manufacturer, an The elements depicted in flow charts and block diagrams
adjustable bed facility 102 service enterprise, or the like may 65 throughout the figures imply logical boundaries between the
notify the user of available software upgrades for the adjust- elements. However, according to software or hardware engi-
able bed facility 102 by email, instant messenger message, neering practices, the depicted elements and the functions
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thereof may be implemented as parts of a monolithic software All documents referenced herein are hereby incorporated
structure, as standalone software modules, or as modules that by reference.
employ extemal routines, code, services, and so forth, or any
combination of these, and all such implementations are What is claimed is:
within the scope of the present disclosure. Thus, while the 1. A method, comprising:
foregoing drawings and description set forth functional establishing a two-way wireless communication system
aspects of the disclosed systems, no particular arrangement of between a handheld remote control and an adjustable
software for implementing these functional aspects should be bed controller, wherein the handheld remote control is
inferred from these descriptions unless explicitly stated or communication matched to the adjustable bed controller
otherwise clear from the context. 10 with a code key indicating that commands can be
Similarly, it will be appreciated that the various steps iden- received and executed therebetween;
tified and described above may be varied, and that the order of transmitting a control signal including a command from
steps may be adapted to particular applications of the tech- the handheld remote control to the adjustable bed con-
niques disclosed herein. All such variations and modifications 15 troller using the two-way wireless commnnication sys-
are intended to fall within the scope of this disclosure. As tem; and
such, the depiction and/or description of an order for various providing feedback to a user on the handheld remote con-
steps should not be understood to require a particular order of trol to indicate the success of the command.
execution for those steps, unless required by a particular 2. The method of claim 1, wherein the indication is pre-
application, or explicitly stated or otherwise clear from the 20 sented on a screen of the handheld remote control.
context. 3. The method of claim 1, wherein the indication is pre-
sented on a screen of the handheld remote control as a
The methods or processes described above, and steps graphic.
thereof, may be realized in hardware, software, or any com- 4. The method of claim 1, wherein the adjustable bed
bination of these suitable for a particular application. The 25 controller confirms a position of the articulating portion
hardware may include a general-purpose computer and/or through a comparison with a value representative of an
dedicated computing device. The processes may be realized acceptable value from a range of acceptable values for the
in one or more microprocessors, microcontrollers, embedded position.
microcontrollers, progranm1able digital signal processors or 5. The method of claim 1, wherein the handheld remote
other programmable device, along with internal and/or exter- 30 control is a touch screen handheld remote control.
nal memory. The processes may also, or instead, be embodied 6. The method of claim 1, wherein the handheld remote
in an application specific integrated circuit, a programmable control is a cell phone handheld remote control.
gate array, progranm1able array logic, or any other device or 7. The method of claim 1, wherein the indication is at least
combination of devices that may be configured to process one of an audio feedback, a visual feedback and a vibration.
electronic signals. It will further be appreciated that one or 35 S. The method of claim 1, wherein the command is for
more of the processes may be realized as computer executable repositioning of an articulating portion of the adjustable bed.
code created using a structured programming language such 9. A method, comprising:
as C, an object oriented progranm1ing language such as C++, establishing a two-way wireless communication system
or any other high-level or low-level progranm1ing language between a handheld remote control and an adjustable
bed controller, wherein the handheld remote control is
(including assembly languages, hardware description lan- 40
communication matched to the adjustable bed controller
guages, and database programming languages and technolo-
with a code key indicating that commands can be
gies) that may be stored, compiled or interpreted to run on one
received and executed therebetween;
of the above devices, as well as heterogeneous combinations transmitting a control signal including a command from
of processors, processor architectures, or combinations of 45
the handheld remote control to the adjustable bed con-
different hardware and software. troller using the two-way wireless commnnication sys-
Thus, in one aspect, each method described above and tem;
combinations thereof may be embodied in computer execut- receiving an indication from the adjustable bed controller
able code that, when executing on one or more computing of a result of the command; and
devices, performs the steps thereof. In another aspect, the 50 providing feedback to a user on the handheld remote con-
methods may be embodied in systems that perform the steps trol to indicate the success of the command.
thereof, and may be distributed across devices in a number of 10. The method of claim 9, wherein the indication is at least
ways, or all of the functionality may be integrated into a one of successful, failed, in progress, in conflict with a com-
dedicated, standalone device or other hardware. In another mand in progress, and failed for safety reasons.
11. The method of claim 9, wherein the command is for
aspect, means for performing the steps associated with the 55
repositioning of an articulating portion of the adjustable bed.
processes described above may include any of the hardware
12. A computer program product embodied in a non-tran-
and/or software described above. All such permutations and
sitory computer readable medium, the computer program
combinations are intended to fall within the scope of the product comprising computer code that, when run on a hand-
present disclosure. 60 held remote control for controlling an adjustable bed and an
While the invention has been disclosed in connection with adjustable bed controller, performs the following steps:
the preferred embodiments shown and described in detail, establishing a two-way wireless communication system
various modifications and improvements thereon will between the handheld remote control and the adjustable
become readily apparent to those skilled in the art. Accord- bed controller, wherein the handheld remote control is
ingly, the spirit and scope of the present invention is not to be 65 communication matched to the adjustable bed controller
limited by the foregoing examples, but is to be nnderstood in with a code key indicating that commands can be
the broadest sense allowable by law. received and executed therebetween;
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transmitting a control signal including a command from wireless communication with a handheld remote con-
the handheld remote control to the adjustable bed con- trol, wherein the handheld remote control is communi-
troller using the two-way wireless communication sys- cation matched to the adjustable bed controller with a
tem; and code key indicating that commands can be received and
providing feedback to a user on the handheld remote con- executed therebetween; and
trol to indicate the success of the command. the handheld remote control capable of:
13. The computer program product of claim 12, wherein transmitting a control signal to the adjustable bed control-
the indication is presented on a screen of the handheld remote
ler using the two-way wireless communication system;
control.
and
14. The computer program product of claim 12, wherein 10
providing feedback to a user on the handheld remote con-
the indication is presented on a screen of the handheld remote
control as a graphic. trol to indicate the success of the command.
21. The system of claim 20, wherein the indication is
15. The computer program product of claim 12, wherein
the adjustable bed controller confirms a position of the articu- presented on a screen of the handheld remote control.
lating portion through a comparison with a value in a table. 15 22. The system of claim 20, wherein the indication is
16. The computer program product of claim 12, wherein presented on a screen of the handheld remote control as a
the handheld remote control is a touch screen handheld graphic.
remote control. 23. The system of claim 20, wherein the adjustable bed
17. The computer program product of claim 12, wherein controller confirms a position of the articulating portion
the handheld remote control is a cell phone handheld remote 20
through a comparison with a value representative of an
control. acceptable value from a range of acceptable values for the
18. The computer program product of claim 12, wherein position.
the indication is at least one of an audio feedback a visual 24. The system of claim 20, wherein the handheld remote
feedback and a vibration. ' control is a touch screen handheld remote control.
19. The computer program product of claim 12, wherein 25 25. The system of claim 20, wherein the handheld remote
the command is for repositioning of an articulating portion of control is a cell phone handheld remote control.
the adjustable bed. 26. The system of claim 20, wherein the indication is at
20. A system comprising: least one of an audio feedback, a visual feedback and a vibra-
an adjustable bed having machine-adjustable articulated tion.
portions; 30 27. The system of claim 20, wherein the command is for
a controller for the adjustable bed, the controller including repositioning of an articulating portion of the adjustable bed.
a wireless interface, the controller capable of two-way * * * * *
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(12) United States Patent (10) Patent No.: US 8,909,357 B2


Rawls-Meehan (45) Date of Patent: Dec. 9,2014

(54) SYSTEM FOR TANDEM BED (2013.01); A47C 21104 (2013.01); A61H
COMMUNICATION 220110149 (2013.01); A61G 22031726
(2013.01); A61H 2201/0142 (2013.01); A61 G
(76) Inventor: Martin B Rawls-Meehan, Lexington, 2203116 (2013.01); A61H 220110138 (2013.01);
MA(US) A61G 2203136 (2013.01); A61G 71018
(2013.01)
( *) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this USPC ................................ 700117; 700/65; 700/275
patent is extended or adjusted under 35 (58) Field of Classification Search
U.S.c. 154(b) by 0 days. USPC ................. 700117,65, 83, 275, 276; 3451173
See application file for complete search history.
(21) Appl. No.: 13/355,931
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Related U.S. Application Data
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Nov. 1, 2011, which is a continuation-in-part of CN 1466925 A 112004
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a continuation-in-part of application No. 12/256,029, (Continued)
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Primary Examiner - Mohammad Ali
(51) Int. Cl. Assistant Examiner - Nathan Laughlin
G05B 11101 (2006.01) (74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm - Marshall, Gerstein & Borun
A47C 31100 (2006.01) LLP
A47C 21100 (2006.01)
(57) ABSTRACT
A47C 21104 (2006.01)
A61G 71018 (2006.01) This disclosure concerns a communication system adapted to
A47C 20104 (2006.01) communicate between a handheld remote control and a first
A61G 71015 (2006.01) adjustable bed controller of a first adjustable bed facility, and
a second communication system adapted to communicate
(52) U.S. Cl.
between the first adjustable bed controller of the first adjust-
CPC ....... A47C 20/041 (2013.01); A61H 220310443
able bed facility and a second adjustable bed controller of a
(2013.01); A61H 220115046 (2013.01); A47C
second adjustable bed facility.
311008 (2013.01); A61G 71015 (2013.01);
A47C 211006 (2013.01); A47C 211003 21 Claims, 59 Drawing Sheets
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SYSTEM FOR TANDEM BED ods of time in or on furniture. With aging populations in many
COMMUNICATION countries, such as the United States, more and more users face
such confinement.
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED Associated with the trend for users to spend more time in
APPLICATIONS sedentary positions, such as in bed, is a trend toward increas-
ing use of technology in home and medical environments,
This application is a continuation of U.S. patent applica- including in rooms where users have adjustable furniture.
tion Ser. No. 13/286,812 filed Nov. 1,2011, which claims the Such technology includes increasingly sophisticated com-
benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. puter and networking technology, entertainment technology,
611408,778, filed Nov. 1,2010 and U.S. Provisional Patent 10 information technology, and the like. While many existing
Application Ser. No. 611508,958, filed luI. 18,2011, each of adjustable beds provide the basic requirements of moving
which is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety. sections to positions that are required by a user, a need exists
Application Ser. No. 13/286,812 is a continuation-in-part for adjustable furniture that works in better association with
of the following U.S. patent applications, each of which is other technologies that are capable of being deployed in the
hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety: Ser. No. 15 environments in which the furniture is used.
121704,117, filed Feb. 11, 2010; Ser. No. 12/256,029, filed
Oct. 22, 2008; and Ser. No. 12/269,987 filed Nov. 13,2008. SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
Application Ser. No. 13/286,812 is also a continuation-in-
part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 111855,255 filed Sep. Methods and systems are disclosed herein for improved
14,2007, now abandoned, which is hereby incorporated by 20 integration of adjustable furniture, such as beds, with the
reference in its entirety. technologies associated with the environments in which the
beds are used. Such methods and systems include facilitating
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION using control systems for the adjustable furniture to control a
wide range of other technologies; actuating a wide range of
1. Field 25 actions as a result of events, states or attributes associated
This invention relates to the field of adjustable beds, and with the adjustable furniture, use of the adjustable furniture,
more specifically to information technology facilities associ- or users of the furniture; and controlling the adjustable bed as
ated with adjustable beds. result of events, states or attributes of the environment of the
2. Description of the Related Art adjustable bed.
Adjustable furniture, including chairs, couches, beds, and 30 It should be understood that where context permits as
other furniture, may contain at least one section of component would be understood by one of ordinary skill in the art refer-
of which a user may control a feature or attribute, such as the ences herein to adjustable beds should be understood to be
position, vibration, motion, or the like of that section or capable of encompassing a range of adjustable furniture
component. The user may typically adjust the bed by using a facilities, including beds, couches, chairs, love seats, and the
control, which may be an on-furniture controller or a remote 35 like.
controller, to move an adjustable section in one or more The methods and systems disclosed herein may include
directions of movement. Additionally, the adjustable furni- storing preferences associated with an adjustable furniture
ture may include various types of mattresses, cushions, pil- facility and at least one second system in a plurality of
lows, or similar elements to cushion the furniture for the user, memory locations, wherein the second system is any of the
and the furniture may allow for vibration, heating, cooling, or 40 devices or systems disclosed in this disclosure, such as a
other action related to one or more of the sections. lighting system, an air purification system, an audio system, a
A typical adjustable bed may consist of a wood decking for CD player, an MP3 player, a DVD player, a lamp, an alarm
each of the sections of the bed connected together with hinges clock, a music player, a telephone, a video system, or an
to allow the various positions between the sections. There are entertainment technology system, computer system, infor-
actuators connected between the bed frame and the wood 45 mation technology system, networking system or other
decking for moving the adjustable sections into user-desired device or system, such as described in any of the embodi-
positions. The adjustable bed may have a "wall hugging" ments disclosed herein.
feature that maintains a consistent distance between the mat- The methods and systems disclosed herein may include
tress and the wall as the bed is adjusted. Some adjustable beds providing a modular controller for controlling an adjustable
may use wooden or plastic slats to support the mattress 50 furniture facility and at least one second system associated
instead of a solid wood platform. with the adjustable furniture facility in a plurality of memory
The adjustable bed may have at least one actuator to posi- locations, wherein the second system is any of the devices or
tion the adjustable bed sections. In some cases, there is one systems disclosed in this disclosure, such as a lighting sys-
actuator to position more than one, such as positioning both tem, an air purification system, an audio system, a CD player,
the thigh and foot sections with one actuator. There may also 55 an MP3 player, a DVD player, a lamp, an alarm clock, a music
be more than one actuator for each adjustable section. player, a telephone, a video system, or an entertainment tech-
Hospitals have used adjustable beds for many years to nology system, computer system, information technology
provide comfortable and medically required positions, and system, networking system or other device or system, such as
many home users have adjustable furniture because of a described in any of the embodiments disclosed herein.
medical issue and therefore require certain positions, move- 60 The methods and systems disclosed herein may include
ments, or settings (such as vibration, heating, cooling or the using a global command input to command more than one
like) to aid recovery, positioning to relieve discomfort as a facility associated with an adjustable furniture facility using a
result of pain, or the like. These users, whether at home or in single input, wherein the global command input is enabled by
a medical environment such as a hospital, nursing home, a modular controller capable of controlling an adjustable
assisted living facility, or long-term care facility, may, 65 furniture facility and an second system associated with the
because of these issues, spend significant amounts of time in adjustable furniture facility, wherein the second system is any
bed, and some users may be confined to spending long peri- of the devices or systems disclosed in this disclosure, such as
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a lighting system, an air purification system, an audio system, alann clock, a music player, a telephone, a video system, or an
a CD player, an MP3 player, a DVD player, a lamp, an alann entertainment technology system, computer system, infor-
clock, a music player, a telephone, a video system, or an mation technology system, networking system or other
entertainment technology system, computer system, infor- device or system, such as described in any of the embodi-
mation technology system, networking system or other ments disclosed herein.
device or system, such as described in any of the embodi- The methods and systems disclosed herein may include
ments disclosed herein. providing a remote controller for an adjustable furniture facil-
The methods and systems disclosed herein may include ity that has at least one bed position command set and at least
using a global command input to command more than one one command set enabling a user to at least one of play, adjust
facility associated with an adjustable furniture facility using a 10 volume, fast forward, and rewind using a device associated
single input, wherein the global command input is enabled by with the bed.
a modular controller capable of controlling an adjustable The methods and systems disclosed herein may include
furniture facility and an second system associated with the using two-way communications between a remote control
adjustable furniture facility, wherein the second system is any facility and a controller for an adjustable furniture facility.
of the devices or systems disclosed in this disclosure, such as 15 The methods and systems disclosed herein may include
a lighting system, an air purification system, an audio system, using two-way communications between a remote control
a CD player, an MP3 player, a DVD player, a lamp, an alann facility and a controller for an adjustable furniture facility and
clock, a music player, a telephone, a video system, or an an second system, wherein the second system is any of the
entertainment technology system, computer system, infor- devices or systems disclosed in this disclosure, such as a
mation technology system, networking system or other 20 lighting system, an air purification system, an audio system, a
device or system, such as described in any of the embodi- CD player, an MP3 player, a DVD player, a lamp, an alann
ments disclosed herein, wherein the modular controller has a clock, a music player, a telephone, a video system, or an
touch screen for accepting user input. entertainment technology system, computer system, infor-
The methods and systems disclosed herein may include mation technology system, networking system or other
using a programmable logic controller in a control facility for 25 device or system, such as described in any of the embodi-
an adjustable furniture facility. The programmable logic con- ments disclosed herein.
troller may control the bed or any of the devices or systems The methods and systems disclosed herein may include
disclosed herein that are associated with the environment of using a cellular phone to provide communication with the
the furniture. control box for an adjustable furniture facility, wherein enter-
The methods and systems disclosed herein may include 30 ing a command on the phone controls a function of the adjust-
using a programmable logic controller in a control facility for able furniture facility.
an adjustable furniture facility and an second system, wherein The methods and systems disclosed herein may include
the second system is any of the devices or systems disclosed using a cellular phone to provide communication with the
in this disclosure, such as a lighting system, an air purification control box for an adjustable furniture facility and an second
system, an audio system, a CD player, an MP3 player, a DVD 35 system, wherein entering a command on the phone controls a
player, a lamp, an alann clock, a music player, a telephone, a function of the adjustable furniture facility, wherein the sec-
video system, or an entertainment technology system, com- ond system is any of the devices or systems disclosed in this
puter system, information technology system, networking disclosure, such as a lighting system, an air purification sys-
system or other device or system, such as described in any of tem, an audio system, a CD player, an MP3 player, a DVD
the embodiments disclosed herein. 40 player, a lamp, an alann clock, a music player, a telephone, a
The methods and systems disclosed herein may include video system, or an entertainment technology system, com-
storing memory for controlling an adjustable furniture facil- puter system, information technology system, networking
ity, wherein at least a portion of the memory is stored system or other device or system, such as described in any of
remotely from the bed. the embodiments disclosed herein.
The methods and systems disclosed herein may include 45 The methods and systems disclosed herein may include
storing memory used to store data used for controlling an using a touch screen interface to allow a user to provide a
adjustable furniture facility and an second system, wherein at control command to adjust a bed position of an adjustable
least a portion of the memory is stored remotely from the bed, furniture facility.
wherein the second system is any of the devices or systems The methods and systems disclosed herein may include
disclosed in this disclosure, such as a lighting system, an air 50 using a touch screen to provide a control command to adjust
purification system, an audio system, a CD player, an MP3 a bed position and to provide a control function to a second
player, a DVD player, a lamp, an alann clock, a music player, system associated with the adjustable furniture facility
a telephone, a video system, or an entertainment technology wherein the second system is any of the devices or systems
system, computer system, infonnation technology system, disclosed in this disclosure, such as a lighting system, an air
networking system or other device or system, such as 55 purification system, an audio system, a CD player, an MP3
described in any of the embodiments disclosed herein. player, a DVD player, a lamp, an alann clock, a music player,
The methods and systems disclosed herein may include a telephone, a video system, or an entertainment technology
providing memory to store data for controlling an adjustable system, computer system, infonnation technology system,
furniture facility, wherein the memory is removable and networking system or other device or system, such as
replaceable. 60 described in any of the embodiments disclosed herein.
The methods and systems disclosed herein may include The methods and systems disclosed herein may include
providing memory to store data for controlling an adjustable providing a controller for an adjustable furniture facility, the
furniture facility and an second system, wherein the memory controller capable of controlling a function of the bed and
is removable and replaceable, wherein the second system is controlling an MP3 player.
any of the devices or systems disclosed in this disclosure, 65 The methods and systems disclosed herein may include
such as a lighting system, an air purification system, an audio providing a controller for an adjustable furniture facility, the
system, a CD player, an MP3 player, a DVD player, a lamp, an controller capable of managing at least one wireless commu-
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nication function, the wireless connnunication function a from the touch sensor, for connnunication control signals to
BLUETOOTH connnunication, an 802.11 communication, a the adjustable bed in accordance with the input received from
WIFI connnunication, and a peer-to-peer connnunication. the touch sensor.
The methods and systems disclosed herein may include An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
providing a controller for an adjustable furniture facility and handheld remote control that may include a handheld hous-
a second system, the controller capable of managing at least ing, a first touch sensor on a front face of the handheld
one wireless connnunication function, the wireless connnu- housing, a second sensor on a front face of the handheld
nication function a BLUETOOTH connnunication, an housing, a transmitter, and the like. The first touch sensor may
802.11 connnunication, a WIFI, and a peer-to-peer connnu-
be presented in a slider fonn and may be adapted to facilitate
nication, wherein the second system is any of the devices or
10 a user in adjusting a parameter of an adjustable bed. The
systems disclosed in this disclosure, such as a lighting sys-
second touch sensor may be adapted to facilitate the user in
tem, an air purification system, an audio system, a CD player,
adjusting a parameter of an audiovisual system. The trans-
an MP3 player, a DVD player, a lamp, an alann clock, a music
player, a telephone, a video system, or an entertainment tech- mitter may be electrically coupled to a processor that may
nology system, computer system, infonnation technology 15 receive input from the first and second touch sensors, for
system, networking system or other device or system, such as connnunicating control signals to the adjustable bed in accor-
described in any of the embodiments disclosed herein. dance with the input received from the first touch sensor.
The methods and systems disclosed herein may include An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
providing a control system for an adjustable furniture facility, handheld remote control that may include a handheld hous-
the control system accepting spoken connnands to control a 20 ing, a first touch sensor on a front face of the handheld
function of the adjustable furniture facility. housing, a second sensor on a front face of the handheld
The methods and systems disclosed herein may include housing, a transmitter, and the like. The first touch sensor may
providing a control system for an adjustable furniture facility be presented in a slider fonn and may be adapted to facilitate
and a second system, the control system accepting spoken a user in adjusting a parameter of an adjustable bed. The
commands to control a function of the adjustable furniture 25 second touch sensor may be adapted to facilitate the user in
facility, wherein the second system is any of the devices or adjusting a parameter of an audio system. The transmitter
systems disclosed in this disclosure, such as a lighting sys- may be electrically coupled to a processor that may receive
tem, an air purification system, an audio system, a CD player, input from the first and second touch sensors, for connnuni-
an MP3 player, a DVD player, a lamp, an alann clock, a music cating control signals to the adjustable bed in accordance with
player, a telephone, a video system, or an entertainment tech- 30 the input received from the first touch sensor.
nology system, computer system, infonnation technology An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
system, networking system or other device or system, such as handheld remote control that may include a handheld hous-
described in any of the embodiments disclosed herein. ing, a first touch sensor on a front face of the handheld
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed housing, a second sensor on a front face of the handheld
handheld remote control that may include a handheld hous- 35 housing, a transmitter, and the like. The first touch sensor may
ing, a touch sensor on a front face of the handheld housing, a be presented in a slider fonn and may be adapted to facilitate
transmitter and the like. The touch sensor may be presented in a user in adjusting a parameter of an adjustable bed. The
a slider form and may be adapted to facilitate a user in adjust- second touch sensor may be adapted to facilitate the user in
ing a frame position of an adjustable bed. The transmitter may adjusting a parameter of a remote computer facility. The
be electrically coupled to a processor that may receive input 40 transmitter may be electrically coupled to a processor that
from the touch sensor, for connnunication control signals to may receive input from the first and second touch sensors, for
the adjustable bed in accordance with the input received from connnunicating control signals to the adjustable bed in accor-
the touch sensor. dance with the input received from the first touch sensor.
In embodiments, the touch sensor may be a capacitive An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
touch sensor. In embodiments, the slider may be in the fonn of 45 handheld remote control that may include a handheld hous-
a dial, a linear strip, a curvilinear strip, a curve, and the like. ing, a first touch sensor on a front face of the handheld
In embodiments, the transmitter may be a transceiver and housing, a second sensor on a front face of the handheld
may be adapted to transmit control signals from the adjust- housing, a transmitter, and the like. The first touch sensor may
able bed handheld remote control to the adjustable bed and be presented in a slider fonn and may be adapted to facilitate
receive data from the adjustable bed. 50 a user in adjusting a parameter of an adjustable bed. The
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed second touch sensor may be adapted to facilitate the user in
handheld remote control that may include a handheld hous- adjusting a parameter of a HVAC system. The transmitter
ing, a touch sensor on a front face of the handheld housing, a may be electrically coupled to a processor that may receive
transmitter and the like. The touch sensor may be presented in input from the first and second touch sensors, for connnuni-
a slider form and may be adapted to facilitate a user in adjust- 55 cating control signals to the adjustable bed in accordance with
ing a massage motor setting of an adjustable bed. The trans- the input received from the first touch sensor.
mitter may be electrically coupled to a processor that may An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
receive input from the touch sensor, for connnunication con- handheld remote control that may include a handheld hous-
trol signals to the adjustable bed in accordance with the input ing, a first touch sensor on a front face of the handheld
received from the touch sensor. 60 housing, a second sensor on a front face of the handheld
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed housing, a transmitter, and the like. The first touch sensor may
handheld remote control that may include a handheld hous- be presented in a slider fonn and may be adapted to facilitate
ing, a touch sensor on a front face of the handheld housing, a a user in adjusting a parameter of an adjustable bed. The
transmitter and the like. The touch sensor may be presented in second touch sensor may be adapted to facilitate the user in
a slider form and may be adapted to facilitate a user in adjust- 65 adjusting a parameter of a kitchen appliance. The transmitter
ing a parameter of an adjustable bed. The transmitter may be may be electrically coupled to a processor that may receive
electrically coupled to a processor that may receive input input from the first and second touch sensors, for connnuni-
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cating control signals to the adjustable bed in accordance with to facilitate a user in adjusting a parameter of an adjustable
the input received from the first touch sensor. bed. The transceiver may be electronically coupled to a pro-
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed cessor that may receive input from the user interface. The
handheld remote control that may include a handheld hous- transceiver may transmit control signals from the adjustable
ing, a first touch sensor on a front face of the handheld bed handheld remote control to the adjustable bed in accor-
housing, a second sensor on a front face of the handheld dance with the input received from the user interface, and may
housing, a transmitter, and the like. The first touch sensor may receive data indicative of a receipt of the control signals from
be presented in a slider form and may be adapted to facilitate the adjustable bed.
a user in adjusting a parameter of an adjustable bed. The In embodiments, the transceiver may operate following
second touch sensor may be adapted to facilitate the user in 10 BLUETOOTH protocol. In embodiments, the transceiver
adjusting a parameter of an alarm system. The transmitter may be an RF transceiver.
may be electrically coupled to a processor that may receive An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed
input from the first and second touch sensors, for communi- handheld remote control that may include a handheld hous-
cating control signals to the adjustable bed in accordance with ing, a user interface on a front face of the handheld housing,
the input received from the first touch sensor. 15 a transceiver, and the like. The user interface may be adapted
An apparatus disclosed herein includes an adjustable bed to facilitate a user in adjusting a frame position of an adjust-
handheld remote control that may include a handheld hous- able bed. The transceiver may be electronically coupled to a
ing, a first touch sensor on a front face of the handheld processor that may receive input from the user interface. The
housing, a second sensor on a front face of the handheld transceiver may transmit control s