Patents Assigned to Lane Research
  • Patent number: 10577827
    Abstract: A modular barrier system enables demountable outdoor rinks—typically for ice hockey, or ice skating, or street hockey. A rink includes multiple panels, each having a factory-attached link. These panels are linearly disposed, adjacent to one another, to form a piecewise continuous boundary wall enclosing a desired area. Attaching one link to the next, typically via insertion of a thumbscrew, connects the panels into a robust assembly. Both straight and curved panels are provided, thereby enabling a rink with round corners. Each panel includes a shell molded from plastic resin, and has a hollow interior which can be filled with water (or other ballast).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Lane Research
    Inventors: Stephen Kurtin, Scott Winslow, Brian Packard
  • Publication number: 20190301197
    Abstract: A high performance, yet low cost, modular barrier system enables demountable outdoor rinks—typically for ice hockey, or ice skating, or street hockey—that are robust and convenient to install. A rink includes multiple panels, each having a factory-attached link. These panels are linearly disposed, adjacent to one another, to form a piecewise continuous boundary wall enclosing a desired area. Attaching one link to the next, typically via insertion of a thumbscrew, connects the panels into a robust assembly. Both straight and curved panels are provided, thereby enabling a rink with round corners. Each panel includes a shell molded from plastic resin, and has a hollow interior which can be filled with water (or other ballast).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Applicant: Lane Research
    Inventors: Stephen KURTIN, Scott WINSLOW, Brian PACKARD
  • Patent number: 9821216
    Abstract: A portable ice rink includes a wall formed of multiple wall members linearly disposed adjacent to one another to form a piecewise continuous wall that encloses a desired area, and also includes a chain of links disposed on the outside of the wall members for reinforcement. The rink may further include a waterproof tarp extending underneath the wall members and folded upwards along the outer side of the wall, with its edge tied to the change of links. The tarp can contain water which then freezes to form a skating surface. Curved wall members are provided to form a rink with round corners. Each wall member is a discrete unit, made of molded plastic, and having a hollow interior which can be filled with water (or other ballast). Each wall member is designed with stiffening features to maintain the flatness of its inner surface after filling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: LANE RESEARCH
    Inventors: Stephen Kurtin, Scott Winslow, Brian Packard
  • Publication number: 20170209775
    Abstract: A portable ice rink includes a wall formed of multiple wall members linearly disposed adjacent to one another to form a piecewise continuous wall that encloses a desired area, and also includes a chain of links disposed on the outside of the wall members for reinforcement. The rink may further include a waterproof tarp extending underneath the wall members and folded upwards along the outer side of the wall, with its edge tied to the change of links. The tarp can contain water which then freezes to form a skating surface. Curved wall members are provided to form a rink with round corners. Each wall member is a discrete unit, made of molded plastic, and having a hollow interior which can be filled with water (or other ballast). Each wall member is designed with stiffening features to maintain the flatness of its inner surface after filling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Applicant: Lane Research
    Inventors: Stephen KURTIN, Scott WINSLOW, Brian PACKARD
  • Publication number: 20110181831
    Abstract: A detachable lens for variable focus spectacles, the lens including a plurality of magnets in a groove on its rear surface for holding the lens to the spectacles. An interlocking boss keeps the lens from sliding off the spectacles, and a locating tab provides a means for assuring that the lens is installed on the correct side of the spectacles and with the proper orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: Lane Research, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Kurtin, Steven Hecker
  • Patent number: 7866816
    Abstract: Variable focus spectacles which comprise i) a focus module that includes two variable focus lens sections, said sections each including a first fixed plastic lens and an adjustable focus liquid lens, and ii) a second fixed plastic lens that preferably includes most or all of the optical power needed by the intended wearer to correct his/her distance vision. The second fixed plastic lens is preferably attached to the focus module by magnetic attraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Lane Research, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Kurtin
  • Patent number: 7008054
    Abstract: An actuating mechanism for spectacles which include two variable focus lens units. The mechanism mounts on the spectacle bridge; and includes two elongated drive levers mounted near opposite ends of the bridge, each extending toward the other end of the bridge. The free end of each driving lever is connected to its corresponding lens unit through a linkage. The driving levers are caused to rotate simultaneously, but in opposite directions, by a cam that is driven by a sliding member that slides along the bridge. By positioning the sliding member as desired, the spectacles wearer causes the cam to rotate, thereby causing the driving levers to rotate, and both lens units to change focal length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Lane Research, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Kurtin, Daniel E. Fedele, Saul Epstein
  • Patent number: 6053610
    Abstract: An actuating mechanism for spectacles which include two variable focal length lens units. Each lens unit is fitted with a coupling member which extends from the lens unit into the bridge of the spectacles. A linearly-movable finger-operated slider, having a finger pad extending above the bridge, causes a cam within the bridge to rotate as it is moved, the cam being coupled to the coupling members causing them to move and the focal length of the lens units thereby to change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Lane Research
    Inventors: Stephen Kurtin, Daniel E. Fedele, Saul Epstein
  • Patent number: 6040947
    Abstract: A liquid-filled variable focal length lens of the type which has a distensible membrane as one of the lens surfaces, and a membrane support member to support the perimeter of the free area of the membrane. By using a membrane support member having a toroidally shaped portion, the membrane is supported such that it has a circular free area irrespective of the shape of the perimeter of the lens. The cross sectional shape of the toroidal portion of the support member is preferably approximately an arc of a circle, and the perimeter of the free area of the membrane is maintained tangent thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Lane Research
    Inventors: Stephen Kurtin, Saul Epstein
  • Patent number: 3982705
    Abstract: A sliderless shuttle and wire guide assembly for toroidal coil winding machines provides unusually compact storage for winding wire or tape carried by the shuttle. The novel cross-sectional configuration of the shuttle permits winding of extremely small toroidal cores. An adjustable and retractable wire guide assembly permits the use of different size shuttles for wire or insulating tape having a wide range of sizes, while also providing valuable protection against escaping coils of broken wire or the release of a "flying" empty shuttle from the coil winding machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1975
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1976
    Assignee: Park Lane Research Corporation
    Inventors: Raymond A. Peck, Leon J. Yarrish