Controllable release of a volatile substance

  • US 7,149,417 B2
  • Filed: 02/19/2004
  • Issued: 12/12/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/19/2004
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A device for releasing a volatile substance into an environment comprising:

  • a housing having an interior region, an outer surface, and an discharge opening, wherein the housing includes a volatile substance cartridge having an outlet for containing a volatile substance therewithin;

    means for orienting the device such that gravity forces the volatile substance toward the outlet of the cartridge and into a chamber configured to temporarily retain the volatile substance; and

    means for moving the chamber such that an opening in the chamber is in communication with the discharge opening such that a fixed amount of the volatile substance dispenses onto an emanator, and wherein the volatile substance in the cartridge of the housing is substantially protected from exposure to the outside environment, said chamber being movable into a position for receiving volatile substance from the outlet will preventing said volatile substance from dispensing onto the emanator.

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