Abstract: A security device for breaking frangible items such as CDs. The device has a pouch of flexible material. The pouch has hinged jaws on one surface. The CD is placed in a pocket in the pouch and manual folding force is applied to cause the pouch and jaws to fold to break the contained CD.
Abstract: A branch hook attachment for tools such as loping shears or hedge trimmers to provide the user extended reach to grasp foliage so the foliage can be pulled within the user's reach. The hook is U-shaped and defines a bight area into which the branch or limb can be guided and grasped for cutting. The hook can be provided as an after-market item which can be secured to the handle of existing tools by a clamp or may be incorporated at the end of one of the handles. The hook may also be removably insertable into the hollow end of one of the handles and retained by a detent. In another embodiment, the branch hook is a flexible material and is attached to the end of the tool handle so the branch hook can be better guided to access and extricate branches through entangled foliage.
Abstract: A lenticular display in association with a consumer article such as a beverage container positioned with respect to the container so that a series of images are presented to the user as the article is used in its normal manner such as when the user is engaged in drinking. The images may be accompanied by a synchronized audio message. In other embodiments, the image may be illuminated and may impart motion.
Abstract: A method of construction of structures such as large, decorative pots, water features and outdoor free-standing fireplaces. The method comprises pouring a concrete base to which a skeletal reinforcing structure in the desired shape is set. Thereafter, metal screen and a cementitious material is applied over the skeletal structure to form a shell. Openings may be formed either when shaping the shell or later by cutting away areas of the steel skeletal structure. Suitable decorations such as graphics may be applied using stains, dyes or carving techniques.
Abstract: A football kicking aid for attachment to an athletic shoe. The aid has a toe piece having a cup which receives the toe of the shoe and preferably includes an aperture through which the front shoe cleat is inserted. A pair of straps extend from the sides of the toe piece and extend around the heel and attach to the opposite strap at the opposite side for quick and snug placement and easy removal. The toe piece has a flat kicking surface and the interior of the toe cup may include suitable padding to provide cushioning and for better fit.
Abstract: A lift for opening and closing truck hoods. The lift has a primary actuator with a pair of upper and lower thrust rods oppositely reciprocal within a housing driven by a reversible motor and chain. The rods are connected to the firewall and hood at pivotal connections. The connection on the hood may be slidable to provide clearance of obstacles such as engine compartment components. In an alternate embodiment, the upper thrust rod is pivotally connected to the interior of the hood and the distal end of the lower rod is pivotally attached to a second actuator which, when operated, will move the pivot point forwardly to achieve full or additional opening clearance of the hood. The actuator has a wide variety of applications where extended “reach” is desired.
Abstract: A concealed louver drive mechanism for a shutter assembly having multiple louvers. A gear rack is disposed in a channel in one of the stiles. One-piece pinions each having a gear engaging the rack and a pin end received in the end of the associated louver. The rack and pinion have relieved areas to reduce frictional resistance to movement. When one of the louvers is manually adjusted, simultaneous coordinated movement is imparted to the rack and to the other louvers.
Abstract: A retainer for securing wires in a locatable position in a ceiling or wall structure after the structure has been shut in. The retainer has a mounting surface with terminals to which the wires are attached. The terminals are each connected to conductive path so that a signal applied to the opposite ends of the wire can be sensed by a tone generator. The retainer has wins or tabs securable to the framing members prior to being walled-in. A magnetic locator on the mounting surface allows a technician to accurately locate a center point for cutting an opening to receive a device such as a sound system speaker.
Abstract: An implant and method for fusion of adjacent vertebra. The implant has a curved plate having bores for reception of bone screws. In one embodiment, aligned medial sots extend longitudinally in the plate. An interbody graft is attached to or is integrally formed with the plate. In use, retraction post are temporarily secured to adjacent vertebrae and the slots aligned with posts. The graft is inserted and adjacent vertebrae are compressed and held until permanent screw fixation is completed. The compression tool and the posts are removed leaving the vertebrae compressed against the graft to promote healing. In an alternate embodiment, the plate carries multiple grafts which are slidably relative to the plate.
Abstract: A pack system having a suspension system with a waist belt which slidably carries a bag or pack. At least one shoulder strap extends between the top of the bag and the side of the bag. A compression suspension system attaches to the pack at multiple locations and is adjustable to stabilize the pack in a comfortable position to accommodate varying loads. The system allows the pack to be shifted or rotated around the body of the wearer between frontal access or rear carrying position for comfort and accessibility.
Abstract: The grip assembly that is attachable to or may be incorporated into variously shaped item sections with a grip portion and an item attachment structure. The grip portion has an ergonomically polygonal shaped outer surface. The item attachment structure is in force transferring relation to the ergonomically shaped outer surface and is securable to any one or a large variety of item shapes in a manner such that physical forces may be transferred between the item and the hand of a user gripping the ergonomically shaped outer surface portion.
May 3, 2002
Date of Patent:
November 30, 2004
Robert Tyson Smith, Ethel Catharine Smith
Abstract: A noise maker for sports enthusiasts having two identical sections shaped to replicate the appearance of a sports article such as a baseball. The sections each have an inner and outer shell defining sound chambers. The sections are joined at a common grip. When one section is struck on a surface, a loud, sharp noise emanates. Striker projections on the edge of the shells engage when the device is manipulated to further create sounds.
Abstract: A cartridge loader for loading rimmed cartridges into the magazine of a rifle. The loader has a tube with an exterior slide. The slide is coupled to a pusher within the tube which when manually advanced will deliver cartridges to the end of the tube and through the loading port of a firearm when the loader is positioned against the firearm receiver. The front end of the loader is configured to maintain the loading port gate open during the loading operation. The loader will accommodate a range of cartridge calibers.
Abstract: A bowel control probe and method of detecting and preventing bowel incontinence. The probe has a body with a distal end which is permeable to gas. Conductivity sensors on the probe will establish an electrical circuit in the presence of fecal matter to send an alert signal to a control unit. The sensors may be partially shielded by a removable sleeve to reduce false alarms resulting from moisture. The control unit may issue an audible or visual alarm and may transmit a signal to a remote nursing station. An air cuff about the probe body is cyclically inflated and deflated to block passage of fecal matter and to protect tissue and capillaries in the rectal area.
February 28, 2003
Date of Patent:
October 12, 2004
International Development Consultants, a Proprietorship of
Abstract: A decorative urn for storing cremation ashes in a lighted two part container. The base section receives an ash-containing receptacle and supported thereon is a top section including a recessed wick structure and full reservoir. The sections are light transmissive so that light from the wick imparts a glow throughout the urn.
Abstract: A new and distinct variety of South American Argentine ornamental mesquite which is particularly characterized by its rapid growth rate, total absence of thorns, large stature, distinctive foliage pattern and ability to thrive in a desert environment.
Abstract: A new and distinct hybrid of the genus Calliandra is provided. This hybrid has been name ‘Lianca’ for a cultivar name and is trademarked as Sierra Starr™. The new variety is a product of a deliberate cross of Calliandra eriophylla and Calliandra californica made in 1982.
Seeds from this cross were saved and planted. The new variety was selected from a block of these hybrid seedlings. The new variety displays a distinctly different flower color previously unavailable in the genus.