Abstract: A fishing bobber design of elongate construction, having internal unattached rolling weights, so that the bobber will remain in stable horizontal position or in stable vertical position upon the body of water. The nibble of a fish upon the bait tips the bobber from stable horizontal position to a very noticeable stable vertical position, in which it remains until again placed into the stable horizontal position upon the water.
Abstract: An intravascular stent reduces the risk of restenosis due to stent implantation by using 17beta-estradiol as a vessel healing substance after implantation of an intravascular stent. The 17beta-estradiol coats at least a portion of the surface of the stent and is adhered to the stent with an adhesive layer containing DLC (“diamond-like carbon”). 17beta-estradiol inhibits the growth of smooth muscle cells and stimulates the re-endothelialization after implantation of an intravascular stent.
Abstract: A lighting device, particularly suited for medical examination purposes and suited to be attached to a medical examination device such as a vaginal speculum, includes a power source and a flexible, preferably malleable arm extending from the power source with a nondirectional light source at its end. The arm has a small diameter allowing it to be used with medical instruments without blocking the viewing area provided by such instruments and allowing it to be inserted through tubes commonly used in medical, dental, or veterinary procedures. For medical, dental, or veterinary use, the outside temperature of the light source is controlled to keep such temperature below a temperature that would damage living tissue.
Abstract: An arrow rest for use with archery bows includes an arrow supporting launcher that provides vertical movement to dampen any up and down movement of the arrow shaft when it is shot from the bow, such as up and down vibrational movement which occurs as a result of using a mechanical arrow release aid. The launcher includes a V-groove to support and guide the arrow. The rest also includes a pair of flippers which extend generally upwardly and in the direction of arrow travel along opposite sides of the arrow shaft supported on the launcher to lessen the chance that the arrow shaft will slide off the launcher. Either feature of the rest can be used alone without the other.
Abstract: A roof top pipe support includes a base having a substantially flat bottom to rest on the roof. At least one, and preferably a pair of raised portions provide a pair of stud-receiving holes in the base to receive and direct studs, preferably threaded studs, upwardly from the base. The raised portion also can receive and support a pipe supporting roller. A pipe support such as a pipe supporting roller or a strut also can extend between upwardly extending studs and be adjustably secured to the studs so the height of the pipe support can be adjusted. Either pipe support can be used depending upon conditions and the height of the support needed.
Abstract: Trailer jack attachment assemblies which do not extend below the lowermost frame member of the trailer body so as to avoid increasing obstruction from roads and rough terrain. Attachment is made to the trailer frame without destroying its structural integrity. Cross-braces between laterally opposite attachments minimize localized twisting of individual frame members.
Abstract: A latch cover is secured over a latch to be protected by the lock which locks the latch, and the latch cover restricts access to the latch to reduce the chance of tampering with the latch. The latch cover includes a cover plate sized to cover a substantial portion of the latch and lock when held in a position in front of the latch. Holding plates extend from the cover plate over the sides of the latch where a lock member of a lock locking the latch extend. Such lock member extends from the opposite sides of the latch and through holes in the holding plates to secure the cover in place. Side plates preferably extend between the holding plates to form a box structure to more fully cover the latch. Notches in the side plates receive items extending into or from the latch and help position the cover. The cover allows access to the lock so the lock and latch can be opened when desired and the cover removed.
Abstract: A rocking chair and chaise lounge of the type having an elongate rectangular longitudinally flexible seat supported at opposite ends by a pair of oppositely inclined, diagonally disposed frames. Each frame is pivotally interconnected with the other at the sides of each intermediate the ends thereof by pairs of upper and of lower siderails with one frame nesting within the other such that the chair may be folded into a compact unit for storage. An optional fold-out footrest nests within the other frames to act as a back support when the chair is used without the footrest deployed and which forms a chaise lounge with an optional extra-long backrest to footrest seat surface.
Abstract: An adjustable, removable, strap device primarily for use in bundling and holding electrical cords and cables, such as from office equipment or kitchen appliances, in a compact position above the floor or kitchen counter. Such compact, elevated position in an office helps to prevent tripping and in a kitchen keeps the cords off of the wet counter to reduce the risk of electrical shock, and which also provides a neat, tidy appearance. One embodiment of the device includes a flexible strap member having a plurality of headed pins at one end and a plurality of mating holes in the opposite end thereof. The strap member is doubled over on itself and the pins engaged in the holes to form a loop around the cables with the strap member permanently attached to the wall such as by a nail or double-sided adhesive tape, or removably other structure by means of hook and loop type fasteners.
Abstract: An axial actuator for actuating a valve by rotating the shaft of the valve includes an outer enclosure forming an interior space having an inner enclosure therein. A piston is linearly moveable within the interior space of the outer housing to divide such interior space into two chambers, one of which includes the inner enclosure. A rotation device is positioned at least partially within the inner enclosure and is interconnected with the piston for rotating the valve shaft in response to linear movement of the piston. The rotation device preferably includes a rotation bevel gear having a hub adapted to receive the valve shaft to be rotated and compound pinion gears each with a bevel pinion gear which mates with the rotation bevel gear and a spur pinion gear which mates with racks which extend from the piston. Movement of the piston causes movement of the racks which rotate the compound pinion gears. This, in turn, rotates the rotation pinion gear and the valve shaft.
Abstract: In an image resolving detector arrangement, an image of an object scene is generated by an imaging optical system. Radiation from a respective one of several adjacent image elements of an image area associated with the detector element is directed consecutively onto each of the detector elements by an image element selection device. Herein the image element selection device is formed by a micro-light stop raster, which is arranged in an image plane and moveable step by step in this image plane, and which, in each position, allows only radiation from a part of an image area associated to a detector element to pass onto the detector element. Thereby, the resolution of the image resolving detector arrangement is improved.
Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for treating water by means of an electric field. An anode and a cathode are arranged in a treatment chamber. Seed crystals are deposited on the anode and are stripped therefrom to be carried along with the water, which cause crystallization thereon of carbonates contained in the water. Thereby formation of boiler scale, when the water is heated, is reduced. The water from the treatment chamber is exposed to another electric field in an aftertreatment chamber for a dwell time longer than the dwell time in the treatment chamber. Thereby, the growth of the seed crystals is enhanced. The efficiency of a treatment chamber with aftertreatment is higher than the efficiency of the treatment chamber alone.
Abstract: The activation and deactivation of an outdoors, hose faucet-mounted valve unit to control the flow of water through a standard garden hose with attached sprinkler is remotely controlled from indoors rather than at the valve unit. This is accomplished without the use of unwieldy and unsightly electrical cables by means of radio frequency (RF) signals. A remote, programmable, controller unit located indoors with attached transmitting unit commands such transmitting unit to send signals in accordance with preprogrammed instructions in the controller unit. A receiver unit attached to the valve unit intercepts the transmitted signals and instructs the valve unit to open or close the water valve and flow of water based thereon. Direct connection of the controller to the valve unit is possible such that the transmitter unit and receiver unit are not used such as during pleasant weather conditions.
January 31, 1998
Date of Patent:
January 8, 2002
Orbit Irrigation Products, Inc.
Kent C. Ericksen, Alan J. Smith, Kim Y. Hayes, Mike R. Ericksen
Abstract: An inflatable recreational device forms a climbing structure upon which users can climb and play. The device may take the form of a representation of a mountain having bulges and indentations which serve as hand and foot holds and various handles which also act as hand and foot holds. Users can climb up and down on the device or after climbing up can slide or jump down from the device. The device can be used in water or on a surface such as the ground. The device is a generally hollow container, bag, or bladder which is inflated. Straps are secured inside the device to extend at various angles between the base, sides, and top to shape and contour the device and change the natural rounded balloon shape the device would normally take upon inflation without the various interior straps.
Abstract: A scraper for use with solvents and cleaners, particularly gel-type solvents which do not soak into carpet, to remove gum, grease, paint, and wax from carpeting. The scraper is preferably a single piece of plastic having an elongate handle portion which is held in hand generally parallel to the carpet and which handle curves downwardly ending in a working portion having a textured surface disposed generally parallel to the carpet. The textured surface preferably includes a plurality of transverse, forward-tipped teeth such that after application of the solvent to the gum, grease, paint, or wax, the scraper is moved in a forward, vertical, semi-circular motion such that the teeth engage the gum, grease, paint, or wax in a single direction parallel to the carpet and then lifted therefrom and moved backwards for a repeat stroke. The teeth act to agitate and work the gel into the gum, grease, paint, or wax, producing small waves of loosened material.
Abstract: An emergency response system for detecting, locating, and responding to a predetermined medical emergency, such as sudden cardiac arrest/sudden cardiac death, in a person being sensed for the predetermined emergency, and wherein the medical emergency can be treated with portable medical equipment, such as an AED machine for treating cardiac arrest/sudden cardiac death, includes a reader worn by the person being sensed for reading a dysfunction indicating the existence or imminent existence of the emergency condition and a sensor for determining when an emergency condition is read and producing an alarm signal. A processor activates a personal alarm at the location of the person suffering the emergency, now the victim, which indicates the emergency and the victim's location to those in the victim's immediate area.
Abstract: A flattened single or dual inlet boom tube exhaust pipe for use on race cars, such as stock cars which race on oval tracks, which mounts to the standard exhaust system pipes and to the lower frame or chassis of the car, and which routes exhaust gasses to one or both sides of the car while providing improved ground clearance between the exhaust pipe and the surface of the race track. The construction of the boom tube exhaust pipes comprise single or dual slightly flattened circular inlets which lead exhaust gasses into a flattened profile body constructed of formed sheet metal half shells, with the inlets at or above the lower plane of the body. One or more formed sheet metal structural ribs extend through the body and into the inlets and one or more spacer ribs support the half shells within the body. The boom tube exhaust pipes can be made with internal baffles or spiral acoustic traps so as to also be an acoustic muffler.