Patents by Inventor James G. Montagnino

James G. Montagnino has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20030178233
    Abstract: A body weigh scale that mounts into a floor of a room, for example in the floor of a bathroom, and that is designed to receive tiles or other floor covering materials thereon. A weighing mechanism of the body weigh scale generates weight information and transmits that weight information to a remote countertop or wall mounted display. The display may normally show a clock or another displayed item, and may convert its view to show weight units when a user steps on a platform. The display may also be configured to receive medical information from other medical devices, such as blood glucose monitors, heart rate monitors, or blood pressure monitors. The medical information may be shown by the display, may be received by the display and transmitted to another computer (e.g., at a hospital), or may be stored in the display for later transmission or evaluation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2002
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Applicant: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Montagnino, Anson Wong, Ricardo Murguia
  • Patent number: 6608260
    Abstract: A body weigh scale that displays a user's weight in a gravity system other than where the scale is being used, such as a planet, the sun, the moon, or another celestial body. The body weigh scale includes a conversion component that converts the user's weight to the other gravity system. In one embodiment, the scale utilizes a mechanical weighing mechanism, having an analog display, and also has a digital display, where weight information is generated, for example, by a pulse counter. The user's weight may be simultaneously displayed both in the “home” gravity system where the scale is used (e.g., the earth), and another, “away” gravity system (e.g., the sun). The display of the home weight may be via an analog dial, and the display of the away weight may be via a digital display such as an LCD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Montagnino, Janice M. Biang
  • Publication number: 20030150653
    Abstract: A platform scale cover is reinforced with one or more scale mats formed of a fiber filled polyester thermoset plastic material (FFP). The mats can be securely and rigidly fixed to scale covers using conventional mechanical fasteners. The FFP can be molded with textures, colors and grain patterns which closely simulate natural materials such as marble, granite and other stone and brick type materials. Sturdy mountings can be molded on the mats to facilitate mounting the mat to a scale platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Publication date: August 14, 2003
    Inventors: James G. Montagnino, Anson Wong, Ricardo Murguia
  • Patent number: 6583369
    Abstract: A scale with a transiently visible display includes: an enclosure having an upper surface; a measurement device disposed in the enclosure; and a display coupled to the measurement device and attached to the enclosure beneath the upper surface, the display displaying a measurement value only when the display is an active state. Activation of the measurement device places the display in the active state whereas deactivation removes the display from the active state. The enclosure obscures the display from visibility when the display is not in the active state. Optionally, the scale may include a facade beneath the upper surface and a shutter adjacent the facade and covering the display, the shutter being coupled to the measurement device. The shutter opens to reveal the display during activation. The enclosure obscures the facade and the shutter from recognition when the measurement device is not in the active state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Montagnino, Anson Wong, Ricardo Murguia, Monique Chatterjee, Elliott Hsu, Greg Holderfield, Randall Bell, Dan Peterson
  • Publication number: 20030089531
    Abstract: A body weigh scale that is formed of a fiber-filled, polyester thermosetting polymer material that is sufficiently rigid so that it may house strain-gauge load cells therein, and yet not significantly deflect under load. The fiber-filled, polyester thermosetting polymer material provides an attractive surface after molding. The fiber-filled, polyester thermosetting polymer material has extremely low shrinkage rates so that the outer pattern and shape of the scale is not affected by the forming of very thin cross sections adjacent to thick cross-sections. In addition, the fiber-filled, polyester thermosetting polymer material is sufficiently rigid to permit a body weigh scale to be constructed having a low profile with integral load-receiving platform and strain-gauge load cell receptacles. The rigidity of the fiber-filled, polyester thermosetting polymer material provides sufficient structural support for operation of the strain-gauge load cells without deflection of material at the receptacles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Applicant: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Montagnino, Ricardo Murguia, Anson Wong
  • Patent number: 6541714
    Abstract: A scale with a holographic projector includes a weight measurement device and a holographic projector coupled to the weight measurement device. Activation of the weight measurement device activates the holographic projector that then projects in mid-air a holographic image indicative of a weight of an object being measured. Optionally, the scale may include a display coupled to the weight measurement device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James G. Montagnino
  • Publication number: 20030056994
    Abstract: A body weigh scale that displays a user's weight in a gravity system other than where the scale is being used, such as a planet, the sun, the moon, or another celestial body. The body weigh scale includes a conversion component that converts the user's weight to the other gravity system. In one embodiment, the scale utilizes a mechanical weighing mechanism, having an analog display, and also has a digital display, where weight information is generated, for example, by a pulse counter. The user's weight may be simultaneously displayed both in the “home” gravity system where the scale is used (e.g., the earth), and another, “away” gravity system (e.g., the sun). The display of the home weight may be via an analog dial, and the display of the away weight may be via a digital display such as an LCD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Applicant: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Montagnino, Janice M. Biang
  • Patent number: 6538215
    Abstract: A programmable microprocessor-controlled digital scale capable of storing profiles of multiple users and respective user-specific weight management information includes a software program executed by the microprocessor to create and store a user profile for each user. The software program also allows the generation user-specific weight control information based on the user's profile and weight, and displays the information to the user. The generated user-specific weight control information can include, for example: current weight; absolute as well as percentage change in weight; graph of the minimum and maximum weight for the average person matching the user's profile; a thirty day rolling graph of the user's weight history; information about the number of calories that should be consumed in order to either maintain weight, or lose one pound per week; and body fat measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Montagnino, Evan T. Ward, Noah E. A. Dingler
  • Publication number: 20030034894
    Abstract: A monitoring system has a monitoring unit and a monitored unit. The monitored unit automatically emits RF signals detectable by the monitoring unit. The monitoring unit includes analysis circuitry for providing at least directional information indicative of the location of the monitored unit with respect to the monitoring unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2001
    Publication date: February 20, 2003
    Applicant: BRK Brands, Inc..
    Inventor: James G. Montagnino
  • Publication number: 20030010543
    Abstract: A scale with a holographic projector includes a weight measurement device and a holographic projector coupled to the weight measurement device. Activation of the weight measurement device activates the holographic projector that then projects in mid-air a holographic image indicative of a weight of an object being measured. Optionally, the scale may include a display coupled to the weight measurement device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2001
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Inventor: James G. Montagnino
  • Patent number: 6488149
    Abstract: A point-of-sale storage device for an electronic heating pad includes a storage tube and a lid that removably attaches to the storage tube. The storage tube may be clear plastic, and coloring may be added to distinguish different models of electronic heating pads. A method for storing the electronic heating pad includes coiling a cord and controller assembly attached to the pad, placing the coiled cord and controller assembly along an edge of the pad parallel to straight sections of heating wire within the pad, rolling the pad in a direction so as to roll the pad around the coiled cord and controller assembly, inserting the rolled pad into the storage tube, and closing the storage tube with the lid. Optionally, the rolled pad may be inserted into a cloth sleeve prior to inserting the rolled pad covered with the cloth sleeve into the storage tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James G. Montagnino
  • Publication number: 20020148654
    Abstract: A beam scale for measurement of body weight and height according to the present invention includes a frame and a weighing mechanism. The frame includes a base assembly, a pillar assembly, and a horn assembly. The weighing mechanism is housed within the frame and includes a beam, weights, and a lever assembly. The horn assembly may include a transparent holding bracket having a level indicator. The scale may include a height measurement assembly having a height rod, a sheath supported by the horn assembly and the pillar assembly, a measuring arm, and a transparent height-measuring window having a line indicator. The frame may include a quick assembly mechanism to secure the pillar assembly to the base assembly during final assembly, quiet wheels for transport, and/or handle bars to support the user. Much of the frame may be made of pigmented thermoplastic or thermoset materials to reduce manufacturing costs and scale weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2001
    Publication date: October 17, 2002
    Inventors: James G. Montagnino, Anson Wong, Ricardo Murguia, Shawn Barrett, Curtis L. Cruver
  • Publication number: 20020144845
    Abstract: A scale with a transiently visible display includes: an enclosure having an upper surface; a measurement device disposed in the enclosure; and a display coupled to the measurement device and attached to the enclosure beneath the upper surface, the display displaying a measurement value only when the display is an active state. Activation of the measurement device places the display in the active state whereas deactivation removes the display from the active state. The enclosure obscures the display from visibility when the display is not in the active state. Optionally, the scale may include a facade beneath the upper surface and a shutter adjacent the facade and covering the display, the shutter being coupled to the measurement device. The shutter opens to reveal the display during activation. The enclosure obscures the facade and the shutter from recognition when the measurement device is not in the active state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2001
    Publication date: October 10, 2002
    Inventors: James G. Montagnino, Anson Wong, Ricardo Murguia, Monique Chatterjee, Elliott Hsu, Greg Holderfield, Randall Bell, Dan Peterson
  • Publication number: 20020134589
    Abstract: A programmable microprocessor-controlled digital scale capable of storing profiles of multiple users and respective user-specific weight management information includes a software program executed by the microprocessor to create and store a user profile for each user. The software program also allows the generation user-specific weight control information based on the user's profile and weight, and displays the information to the user. The generated user-specific weight control information can include, for example: current weight; absolute as well as percentage change in weight; graph of the minimum and maximum weight for the average person matching the user's profile; a thirty day rolling graph of the user's weight history; information about the number of calories that should be consumed in order to either maintain weight, or lose one pound per week; and body fat measurements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2000
    Publication date: September 26, 2002
    Inventors: James G. Montagnino, Evan T. Ward, Noah E.A. Dingler
  • Publication number: 20020129978
    Abstract: A winged scale for measurement of body weight and determination of body fat content includes a scale structure, two wings movably attached to the scale structure by a positioning mechanism, a weighing device, an impedance measuring device, an input device, a data processing device, and a data output device. The two wings comprise right and left wings respectively having right and left electrodes to electrically contact a user's barefoot soles, wherein the right and left electrodes are spread apart as the wings move to an open position. The impedance measuring device measures an electrical impedance of the user through the soles contacting the electrodes. The input device permits entry of the user's personal physical data. The data processing device determines the user's body fat content, based on measured impedance, measured weight, and entered personal data. The data output device may output visually and/or audibly the measured and determined data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Publication date: September 19, 2002
    Inventors: James G. Montagnino, Anson Wong, Ricardo Murguia, Eiichi Watanabe, Toshihiko Machiyama
  • Patent number: 6441323
    Abstract: A space saving folding scale includes a frame, a measurement device, an opening mechanism and a display. The frame includes a base, lateral supports attached to the base, and a horizontal support attached to the lateral supports. The horizontal support includes a handle. The measurement device includes a weighing mechanism and a case housing the weighing mechanism. The opening mechanism is attached to the case and the frame so as to permit the measurement device to alternate between vertical and horizontal positions. The display is coupled to the measurement device and located at any easily visible location on the scale when the measurement device is ready for use in the horizontal position, such as on the horizontal support, the handle, or a top surface of the weighing mechanism. The display may be digital or analog.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventors: James G. Montagnino, Ricardo Murguia, Anson Wong
  • Patent number: 6397001
    Abstract: A vaporizer having a heating chamber which may be quickly and easily removed and replaced when scale buildup interferes with the operation of the vaporizer. The vaporizer may have an improved electrode configuration, whereby the bottom portion of the electrodes provide most of the boiling energy. The vaporizer may be easily and safely maintained, as user access to the electrodes is prevented. In addition, a vaporizer is described having an electrode cartridge which may be quickly and easily removed for replacement or cleaning. A unique reservoir design provides for a flat or rising lip surrounding the main reservoir opening, which allows the reservoir to be compatible with dishwasher cleaning. The vaporizer may be provided with mineral salts to enhance the flow of electric current between the vaporizer elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Montagnino, Bob Czajkowski, Peter Delmenico, Peter Ehling
  • Patent number: D464279
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Montagnino, Anson Wong, Christian Kulujian, Curtis L. Cruver, IV
  • Patent number: D464580
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Montagnino, Anson Wong, Christian Kulujian, Curtis L. Cruver, IV
  • Patent number: D464581
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Sunbeam Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Montagnino, Anson Wong, Christian Kulujian, Curtis L. Cruver, IV