Patents Examined by James M Dolak
  • Patent number: 10688376
    Abstract: The present invention provides a portable gyroscopic device for the transportation of objects or individuals which comprises: a portable receptacle (A?) which comprises: a frame (1) on which an axis (3) of a gyroscopic element comprising one or more masses or flywheel units (2) is mounted; at least one electric motor (8) which actuates at least one mass or flywheel unit of said gyroscopic element mentioned, a source of electric power (5); and electronic control means (6) to operate said electric motor. Besides, the invention provides a set of portable gyroscopic device and accessories for the transportation of objects or individuals which comprises the portable gyroscopic device according to claims 1 to 1 and a transportation platform (11) which comprises elements for the transportation of said platform which are selected between mechanical bearings, drones, an air cushion and an electromagnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Carlos Damian Filipich, Carlos Pedro Filipich
  • Patent number: 10683041
    Abstract: A mud flap lifting system specifically for a live bottom type trailer vehicle in which asphalt or similar is dispensed from the rear of the trailer load box for a paving operation using a paving machine in tandem with the trailer. Pneumatic lift cylinders on each side of the trailer load box are used to retract and extend cables running rearwardly from the cylinders to and through cable guides positioned vertically above the mud flaps. The cables are operable to pull or lift the lower portions of the mud flaps upwardly and outwardly into curved configurations located above a paving machine roller as it engages the rear wheels of the trailer, and at a height designed to engage the paving machine hopper as it engages the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Smith, Larry L. Smith
  • Patent number: 10675207
    Abstract: A walking aid that assists a user in walking in an upright position. The walking aid may include a rear lower frame structure, a front lower frame structure, a first front wheel coupled to a first front lower frame member, a second front wheel coupled to a second front lower frame member, a first rear wheel coupled to the first rear lower frame member, a second rear wheel coupled to the second rear lower frame member, an upper frame structure comprising a first upper frame member, a second upper frame member, a first forearm support, and a second forearm support, a first pivot and latch mechanism pivotally coupling the first upper frame member and the first rear lower frame member together, and a second pivot and latch mechanism pivotally coupling the second upper frame member and the second rear lower frame member together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: A BETTER WALKER, LLC
    Inventor: Jack Paul VanAusdall
  • Patent number: 10667978
    Abstract: A walking assist device, includes: a first motor; a second motor; a main body case accommodating the first motor and the second motor; a holding portion provided in the main body case and held by a walker; a plurality of driving wheels, each of which is rotatable around a rotating shaft provided on a circumference in common, and a controller that controls the first motor and the second motor according to intention information regarding a movement of the walker. The plurality of rotating shafts are rotatably supported by a hub case, the hub case is supported by the main body case to be rotatable around a center of the plurality of rotating shafts as a pivot, the first motor is connected to the plurality of driving wheels, and the second motor is connected to the hub case and is connected to the main body case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daijiro Takizawa, Naoki Fujihara
  • Patent number: 10661818
    Abstract: A method for monitoring a tool set is disclosed. According to one embodiment, the method comprises configuring a tool organizer in an open configuration. The tool organizer contains at least a portion of a tool set. The method further comprises visually inspecting the contents of the tool organizer to determine a first level of completeness of the tool set; recording the first level of completeness of the tool set; releasing the tool organizer and contents for use by a third party; receiving the tool organizer and returned contents from the third party; configuring the tool organizer in an open configuration; visually inspecting the returned contents of the tool organizer to determine a second level of completeness of the tool set; and comparing the first level of completeness with the second level of completeness to determine whether one or more tools from the tool set are missing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Mobile-Shop Company, LLC
    Inventor: Edward G. Guirlinger
  • Patent number: 10663030
    Abstract: A hybrid vehicle includes: an engine; a transmission; a power transmission path provided between the engine and the transmission; dampers provided in the power transmission path; and a motor, provided between the dampers, the motor including a rotor, a mass body, an elastic member, and a hysteresis mechanism, the elastic member, and a hysteresis mechanism being arranged in parallel between the rotor and the mass body. Further, the hysteresis mechanism applies a frictional force in a direction opposite to a vibration direction of the mass body to the mass body when the mass body vibrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takahiro Yanaze, Shinya Asaura, Ryota Momose, Shingo Satake
  • Patent number: 10654649
    Abstract: A device or system for transporting an object to be transported, such as a heavy roof mountable HVAC unit, via inexpensive mechanical lift features that may be easily assembled onto system components that include mobile features, such as wheels. The device and system may include three or more wheeled attachment features that are selectively attachable to the object to the transported. Each wheeled attachment feature may include a selectively variable height mechanism, such as a jack; a securing mechanism for securing each wheeled attachment feature to the object to be transported, the securing mechanism including, for example, a mounting plate and a securing tab for holding the wheeled attachment feature to the object; and a wheel coupled, for example, via an upright inner sleeve, to the variable height mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: ATS MECHANICAL SERVICES, INC.
    Inventor: Anthony T. Stellabuto
  • Patent number: 10649483
    Abstract: Provided is a retractable pedal for an automobile. The pedal comprises a driving support (2), a drive mechanism (4) and a footrest (5), wherein both the driving support (2) and the drive mechanism (4) are installed on the same side of the bottom of an automobile body; the driving support (2) comprises a first transmission mechanism and a first connecting rod (2d), and the front end of the first connecting rod (2d) is fixedly connected to the footrest (5); the first transmission mechanism drives the first connecting rod (2d) to expand and retract; the pedal further comprises at least one driven support (3) which synchronously moves with the driving support (2). According to this pedal, a traditional gear transmission mechanism is omitted so as to reduce manufacturing costs and reduce the generation of abnormal sounds, and the footrest can be ensured to retract in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Anhul Aggeus Auto-tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Quanfu Liu, Fujing Lai, Kai Hu, Han Xu
  • Patent number: 10625806
    Abstract: A scooter has a load-carrying deck, a steering rod for steering a front wheel, two outriggers arranged on opposite sides to be pivotable between retracted stowed positions and extended support positions. Each outrigger has a wheel mounted movably on the outrigger to move between a stowed position and a ground-contacting support position. The outriggers when in their support position form a wider loading surface than the deck alone. A control arm is attached to the steering rod for movement between a folded/stowed position lying adjacent to the rod and an operating position extending forward from the steering rod. A sensor detects movement of at least a section of the control arm and, in response thereto, provides control inputs to an electric motor driving a rear wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Urs Christen
  • Patent number: 10625934
    Abstract: A container transporter systems, vehicle, and methods are disclosed. The container transporter can be automatically or manually controlled allowing for ease of use in moving a coupled container. The container transporter can be used with virtually any container, such as a refuse container. The automatic movement of the container transporter can assist users with time constrains or physical constraints in moving their refuse for pickup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Roy Mallady
  • Patent number: 10618399
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a front-engine extended range electric passenger vehicle, including a turbo shaft engine (2), a battery pack (3), an electric generator (4), drive motors (6), a storage tank (9) and an independent regenerator (12), wherein the turbo shaft engine (2) is arranged on frames above a front axle, an axis of an output shaft of the turbo shaft engine (2) is located on a symmetry plane of the vehicle body, and the independent regenerator (12) is located below the turbo shaft engine (2) and is used to preheat inlet air of the turbo shaft engine (2) using exhaust gas discharged therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: TECHNOLOGIES' XANADU OF RESONATORY-SOLAR-SYSTEMED CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Pu Jin
  • Patent number: 10610764
    Abstract: A skateboard or longboard truck having configured to couple with a deck of the skateboard or longboard. The truck including a base and a hanger. The hanger disposed within a hanger aperture of the base. The hanger rotatably coupled with the base by a pivot assembly. The rotation of the hanger with respect to the base controlled by a compression assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Gerald Tyler
  • Patent number: 10597057
    Abstract: The construction industry ranks among the largest and most dangerous industries in the world. To promote worker safety, government regulations require use of fall protection equipment, such as railings, many of which are expensive, wasteful, and/or time consuming to use. Accordingly, the present inventor devised some alternatives. One exemplary system incorporates a dual post base plate configured for attachment to a concrete floor via a single concrete anchor bolt, instead of the multiple bolts used conventionally, thereby reducing assembly time and cost. Another embodiment includes a rolling cart assembly which stores the rails in a side-by-side vertical arrangement and the base plates in an interleaved sequence, promoting easy access during installation and inventory control during disassembly and storage. Additionally, some embodiments include four stacking posts that extend upward from the cart, enabling multiple carts to be stacked vertical on atop the other to save space on construction sites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Debra Lee Hilmerson
  • Patent number: 10583813
    Abstract: A wheel rim cleaner for cleaning a rim of tire. The wheel rim cleaner includes a housing having a first side and a second side. The first side includes a first fastener disposed at a center thereof. An elongated arm extends radially from the first fastener, wherein the elongated arm includes a brush member on a distal end thereof. The elongated arm is telescopic such that the arm extends outwardly and retracts inwardly relative to the center of the first side. The second side includes a sidewall extending from a perimeter thereof, wherein the sidewall defines an open end. A bearing is disposed within the open end, wherein the bearing rotates the housing independently from a hub of a wheel rim. A second fastener is affixed to the bearing, wherein the second fastener secures the wheel rim cleaner to the hub of the wheel rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventor: Bruce Jarnagin
  • Patent number: 10578003
    Abstract: A bottom cover includes a plate portion including an inner-peripheral-edge portion defining an inlet, and a cooling duct including an upper wall and a pair of right and left sidewalls. The upper wall includes an upper-wall front portion inclined upward in the vehicle-height direction at a predetermined inclination angle, an upper-wall rear portion inclined upward in the vehicle-height direction at an inclination angle larger than the predetermined inclination angle of the upper-wall front portion, and the first upper-wall bent portion located at a boundary between the upper-wall front portion and the upper-wall rear portion. The rear ends of the right and left sidewalls, the rear end of the inner-peripheral-edge portion, and the rear end of the upper wall define an outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hiroshi Kinomoto, Yasuhiko Koda, Hiromichi Sato
  • Patent number: 10569633
    Abstract: A battery mounting structure is provided to prevent water intrusion into a clearance between a battery pack and a floor panel of a vehicle. The battery mounting structure comprises: frame members extending longitudinally on both sides of the vehicle; a floor panel disposed between the frame members; and a battery pack situated underneath the floor panel. A sealing member is interposed between a periphery of the battery pack and a portion extending from a member opposed to the battery pack, and a drain hole is formed in the sealing member to connect an inner side and an outer side of the sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Hara
  • Patent number: 10569641
    Abstract: The present invention is a self-propelled transporter with motorized drive wheels which is particularly designed to transport patients from one location to another. The transporter includes an undercarriage having a first set of wheels pivotally connected at a bottom and proximal to a front of the undercarriage, and a second set of wheels non-pivotally connected at a bottom and proximal to a rear of the undercarriage. The transporter further includes one or more electric motors coupled to the second set of wheels. The transporter includes a base supported on the undercarriage. The transporter further includes two or more seats installed on the base to allow for patients to sit thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Anthony L. Brewer
  • Patent number: 10562389
    Abstract: An inlet-air management device for a motor vehicle may include a flexible duct for guiding the air entering via a motor vehicle grille and a shutter device fixed in the flexible duct. Additionally, an inlet-air management device is configured to be fixed in a motor vehicle via the flexible duct. Further, the shutter device is then being suspended in the motor vehicle via the flexible duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes Thermiques
    Inventor: Frédéric Vacca
  • Patent number: 10563562
    Abstract: An exhaust pipe assembly comprises an exhaust pipe extending along a pipe axis and a fastening panel that is mounted to the exhaust pipe. The cross-section of the fastening panel is configured in a curved manner, and two contact surfaces of the fastening panel, which are spaced apart in the circumferential direction, are soldered to the exhaust pipe. A support connected with the fastening panel is arranged between the two contact surfaces of the fastening panel. The fastening panel can be fastened to the exhaust pipe by the following steps: an exhaust pipe and a sheet-metal tab are provided; a soldering material is then captively fixed to the sheet-metal tab; and the sheet-metal tab is then arranged on the exhaust pipe such that the soldering material contacts the exhaust pipe to finally solder the sheet-metal tab to the exhaust pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies, Germany GmbH
    Inventors: Holger Lampe, Bernhard Mayereder, Julian Raphael Olm
  • Patent number: 10538204
    Abstract: A compact deployable/retractable running board assembly for a motor vehicle including a running board, linkage coupled to the running board, and a motor assembly coupled to an actuator, the running board moveable between at least one stowed position and at least one deployed position. The linkage includes a drive arm connected to a pivot shaft within a housing at a location on the pivot shaft between two bushings that are coupled to the pivot shaft within the housing. The linkage also includes an idler arm connected to a pivot shaft within an idler housing. The actuator is operably coupled to the linkage to cause rotation of the linkage to move the running board between the at least one stowed position generally under the motor vehicle and at least one deployed position to provide a step surface for a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Yuguang Long, Jeffrey R. Johnson