Patents Examined by Felicia L Brittman
  • Patent number: 11065143
    Abstract: A wheelchair body harness system and method for manufacturing such system comprising a vest portion and seat area created by a strap secured between a patient's legs. The wheelchair body harness may contain a zipper along the center of the patient's chest and abdomen area of the vest portion. Adjustable side and shoulder panels may also be included to accommodate patients of different sizes. The wheelchair body harness may contain straps and buckle members across the patient's sides and shoulders that correspond to straps and buckle members located on a wheelchair or wheelchair insert. The vest portion may contain a Velcro section on the posterior side to adhere to a Velcro back of a wheelchair or wheelchair insert. The vest portion may also contain snap parts interspersed throughout the Velcro section to snap onto mating snap parts on the Velcro back of the wheelchair or wheelchair insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Edwin Torres
  • Patent number: 11060669
    Abstract: A robotic vehicle for traversing surfaces is provided. The vehicle is comprised of a front chassis section including a magnetic drive wheel for driving and steering the vehicle and a front support point configured to contact the surface. The vehicle also includes a rear chassis section supporting a follower wheel. The front and rear chassis sections are connected by joints including a hinge joint and a four-bar linkage. The hinge is configured to allow the trailing assembly to move side-to-side while the four-bar linkage allows the trailing assembly to move up and down relative to the front chassis. Collectively, the rear facing mechanism is configured to maintain the follower wheel in contact with and normal to the surface and also maintains the front support in contact with the surface and provides stability and maneuverability to the vehicle while traversing surfaces regardless of surface curvature and vehicle orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Pablo Carrasco Zanini, Fadl Abdellatif, Brian Parrott, Ali Outa
  • Patent number: 11052956
    Abstract: An anti-scrubbing mechanism in the track of a tracked robot or a tracked vehicle is disclosed. In one embodiment, a tracked robot includes one or more tracks coupled to a chassis of the tracked robot. Each of the one or more tracks include one or more track segments along a length of each of the one or more tracks and a plurality of rollers coupled to the one or more track segments along the length of each of the one or more tracks, wherein each of the plurality of rollers and the one or more track segments are arranged alternately along a width of each of the one or more tracks. The tracked robot further includes a drive system mechanically coupled to the one or more tracks and the chassis of the tracked robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE, INC.
    Inventor: Suhas S. Malghan
  • Patent number: 11052961
    Abstract: A pawls-type one-way clutch selectably connects and disconnects an electric motor and drive system with the front sprocket of a bicycle. Laterally-extending pivotable pawls on a first rotatable member engage cam surfaces on a frictionally rotatable plate and cause the pawls to either engage with or disengage from corresponding teeth in a ratchet wheel attached to a second rotatable member. Sensors and a controller determine whether a rider is pedaling the bicycle and applying rotational power in the first rotational direction, and if so, the motor applies power in the forward rotational direction, causing the clutch to engage and power to be transmitted to the front sprocket. Otherwise, the motor applies power in the rearward rotational direction, causing the clutch to disengage the front sprocket from the electric motor, which allows the bicycle to be rolled backwards freely without attempting to back-drive the electric motor and drive system in reverse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventor: Matthew Hendey
  • Patent number: 11046356
    Abstract: [Problem] In an electric power steering device that includes a filter section, the electric power steering device in which a motor and a control unit are integrated with each other, a device that aims to improve the noise suppression function of the filter section and improve workability is provided. [Solution] In an electric power steering device that includes a filter section, the electric power steering device in which a motor and a control unit are integrated with each other, the control unit includes a filter module forming the filter section connected near a connector for power supply placed in an outermost portion, and this filter module is configured with wiring for electric conduction, coils and, and a filter substrate on which capacitors are mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Kentaro Urimoto, Tomohiko Nagashima, Yoshihito Asao
  • Patent number: 11045367
    Abstract: A swing arm assembly for a foldable wheelchair consisting of a camber tube and adapters is disclosed. The adapters mount to the frame of the wheelchair and receive the ends of the camber tube. One end of the camber tube is pinned into an adapter such that it pivots. The other end is pinned in an adapter using a quick release pin. The camber tube improves the stability of the foldable wheelchair. When desired to fold the wheelchair, the quick release pin is removed and the camber tube is rotated approximately 90 degrees, thereby allowing the wheelchair to fold. The adapters may be mounted to the wheelchair frame or to stub axles if used. The swing arm assembly adds substantial stiffness and stability to a folding wheelchair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventors: Tod Douglas Boretto, Martin Connolly
  • Patent number: 11046389
    Abstract: An ebike comprises a front wheel, a rear wheel, a frame structure supported on the front wheel and the rear wheel, the frame structure including a hollow tube (e.g., a down tube) having a converging inner surface, and a battery assembly configured to be coupled to the frame structure in an installed position at least partially in the hollow tube. The converging inner surface is configured such that at least a portion of the battery assembly is supported within the hollow tube by the converging inner surface when the battery assembly is at least partially positioned in the hollow tube. In one embodiment, the battery assembly comprises a battery housing and a resilient lateral support, wherein the resilient lateral support resiliently laterally supports a portion of the battery housing in the hollow tube when the battery assembly is positioned in the hollow tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Jan Talavasek, Vincent Patureau, Marco Werner Sonderegger, Marc Pallure
  • Patent number: 11046366
    Abstract: A semi-trailer includes first and second main beams and left and right side rails. A cargo platform extends between the left and right side rails. Each of the side rails includes an aluminum extrusion including an upper portion including a platform engaging portion, and a lower portion including a winch track. The lower portion further includes a projecting hook engagement wall. The hook engagement wall includes an upper surface oriented toward the cargo supporting platform and an opposite lower surface. The hook engagement wall includes a tapered nose including first and second nose walls that define a nose angle X such that said tapered nose is adapted to be received in an open recess of an associated cargo strap hook that defines a hook recess angle X?.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: East Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Howard D. Booher, Derek Davies
  • Patent number: 11034384
    Abstract: A system includes a torque overlay device having an input shaft and an output shaft coupled to the input shaft. The system includes a steering wheel coupled to the input shaft. The system includes a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to detect a torque applied to the input shaft and to actuate the torque overlay device to provide torque to the output shaft in a direction opposite the torque applied to the input shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Soungjin Wou, Anand Pradip Naik, Bradley G. Hochrein
  • Patent number: 11008062
    Abstract: A front fork of a bicycle may include a suspension system that includes a damper. The damper may include a hollow tube with orifices that may be partially blocked by an adjustable blocker. A free end of the adjuster that adjusts the blocker may maintain its axial position in any rotational position. Ambient air may be introduced through a valve and retained in the suspension system. The suspension may include a mechanical spring in a chamber away from the valve that introduces the ambient air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Eko Sport, Inc.
    Inventor: Darek C. Barefoot
  • Patent number: 11007921
    Abstract: A transport assembly for a shipping module which has a chassis; a towing element secured to the chassis; two opposed wheels mounted on the chassis; a support assembly secured to the chassis and configured to be positioned in a mating relationship with a shipping module proximate to a lower transverse edge of the shipping module; means for removably securing the support assembly to a shipping module; and a displacement actuator secured between the chassis and the cradle, said displacement actuator for varying the ground clearance of a shipping module when secured to the support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: Build IP LLC
    Inventors: Paolo Tiramani, Kyle Denman
  • Patent number: 11008058
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device and method for transferring rotational, mechanical motion into sinusoidal wave-like motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: B.G. NEGEV TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLICATIONS LTD., AT BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: David Zarrouk
  • Patent number: 11008056
    Abstract: An isolation system for a vehicle having a rear frame attached to a front frame. The rear frame supports a greater portion of a total force applied to the vehicle than the front frame. The isolation system includes at least one isolating device positioned between the rear and front frames. The isolating device supports a portion of the total force applied to the vehicle in a direction in which the isolating devices is positioned. The isolation system includes a force limiting device positioned near the isolating device and a motion limiting torque rod attached to the rear and front frames. The force limiting device limits the amount of load applied to the isolating device above a maximum load. The motion limiting torque rod prevents or limits movement of the rear frame relative to the front frame in the direction in which it is aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignee: DEERE & COMPANY
    Inventor: Mark J. Cherney
  • Patent number: 11001340
    Abstract: A snow gliding device (1) comprising: a first gliding surface (10), a first layer (20) for heating said first gliding surface (1), where the first layer (20) comprises: a positive temperature coefficient superimposed impedance polymeric compound (22), a first and a second electrode (24, 26), wherein said positive temperature coefficient superimposed impedance polymeric compound (22) is at least partially sandwiched between said first and second electrode (24, 26), and which first and second electrodes (24, 26) are adapted to provide a potential difference across said positive temperature coefficient superimposed impedance polymeric compound (22) when connected to a power source, wherein the first layer (20) is arranged adjacent to and in thermal communication with said first gliding surface (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Serneke Hybrid Ski AB
    Inventors: Gert Viebke, Ola Serneke
  • Patent number: 11001110
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a trailer dampening system for dampening during variable road conditions experienced during long hours of travel. Secondly, the trailer dampening system encompasses a universal design that will allow for easy installation and application to multiple trailers. The trailer dampening system is provided having a barrel assembly joined to the trailer, a cylinder rod assembly adjoined to the barrel assembly by a connection assembly wherein a connection assembly first opening is configured to receive a coupler end cap proximal end of the cylinder rod assembly. In some embodiments, there is a reservoir system having a main reservoir, a valve assembly, and at least one connection line. In some embodiments, the trailer dampening system further comprises an electrical control system connected to the valve assembly and having an input device configured to receive an input, a battery, a plurality of sensors, and a microcontroller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Colton Farquer
  • Patent number: 11001332
    Abstract: A system and bicycle incorporating same mounts a heat-generating component such as a motor, motor controller, or battery pack, inside a frame tube using a thermally conductive and compliant elastomeric device comprising a base portion having a relatively smooth first side and regularly-repeating protrusions extending away from a second side, wherein the relatively smooth side of the elastomeric device is wrapped around the heat-generating component such that the regularly-repeating protrusions will be in an interference fit with the interior surface of the tubular frame when the heat-generating component is mounted in the frame tube, thereby conducting heat to the frame to exhaust to the environment, providing compliance that allows for dimensional variation of assembled parts, and muting noise and vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Matthew Hendey
  • Patent number: 10994620
    Abstract: An electric bicycle and a battery lift mechanism and a battery carrying device thereof are disclosed. The battery lift mechanism includes a bracket, a carrier for carrying a battery, an upward-force device coupling with the carrier, and a locking device selectively in an unlocked state or a locked state. The carrier is movable relative to the bracket along an up-down path; the upward-force device is capable of applying an upward force to the carrier. When the locking device is in the locked state, the locking device interferes with the battery to limit the relative movement between the battery and the bracket. When the locking device is in the unlocked state, the interference between the locking device and the battery is removed, so that the upward-force device drives the carrier carrying the battery to move upward relative to the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignees: DARFON ELECTRONICS (SUZHOU) CO., LTD., DARFON ELECTRONICS CORP.
    Inventor: Yu-Chang Shieh
  • Patent number: 10994579
    Abstract: A towing device for connecting an automatic guided vehicle to a carriage is disclosed. When connecting an automatic guided vehicle to a carriage, a swing arm is moved toward a connecting member by a moving device, whereby the swing arm is engaged with the connecting member to thereby regulate the swiveling (swinging) of the connecting member with respect to the automatic guided vehicle. Furthermore, after the automatic guided vehicle is connected to the carriage, the swing arm is moved in a direction away from the connecting member by the moving device, whereby the engagement between the swing arm and the connecting member is released, thereby allowing the connecting member to swivel (swing) with respect to the automatic guided vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignees: AICHIKIKAI TECHNOSYSTEM CO., LTD., HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ryuji Adachi, Takayuki Kaneko
  • Patent number: 10988199
    Abstract: A safe two-wheeled self-balancing vehicle includes two power wheels, a motion sensor, a control circuit, a chassis structure, a direction control input device, and a power source. The power wheels are installed at two sides of the chassis structure. The motion sensor is connected to the control circuit and fixed to the chassis structure opposite thereto. The direction control input device is connected to the control circuit. The control circuit drives the power wheels. A protection wheel support is disposed at a front side or both the front side and a rear side of the chassis structure. A floating protection wheel is installed at a front end of the protection wheel support. The protection wheel support is connected with the chassis structure or a structure of the protection wheel support, which enables the floating protection wheel to move freely in a vertical direction with respect to the chassis structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: JIANGSU TALLPIC INTELLIGENCE TECHNOLOGY LTD.
    Inventor: Wei Bao
  • Patent number: 10987818
    Abstract: A two wheeled throwable robot comprises an elongate chassis with two ends, a motor at each end, drive wheels connected to the motors, and a tail extending from the elongate chassis. The throwable robot includes an enable/disable arrangement comprising a pair of magnets generating a magnetic field and a magnetic field sensor positioned in proximity to the pair of magnets. The sensor is activated upon the occurrence of a specific modification of the magnetic field. The throwable robot may include a key member formed of a material to modify the magnetic field to enable the robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: ReconRobotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex J. Kossett, Andrew Drenner