Vertically Adjustable Patents (Class 108/144.11)
  • Patent number: 10376158
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for moving a tabletop of a workstation based on biometric input associated with a user, the method being performed by a controller that is configured to send control signals to actuators to move the tabletop. One method includes: accessing a user profile associated with a user device; determining parameters for moving the tabletop, based on the user profile, for eliciting desired biometric inputs from the workstation user at one or more times during the movement of the tabletop; and repeating one or more iterations of: moving the tabletop based on the parameters, by sending control signals to the actuators of the tabletop; receiving, into a data storage device, actual biometric inputs from the workstation user; comparing the received actual biometric inputs with the desired biometric inputs; and if the parameters do not elicit the desired biometric inputs, adjusting the parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Sparx Smartpods Inc.
    Inventor: Leon Desroches
  • Patent number: 10021971
    Abstract: A portable and self stabilizing stand which can display a wide array of objects and which can be expanded or contracted by the user to accommodate a large array of object types and sizes. The stand is easily assembled and disassembled without requiring specialized or generic tools or fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Max Ramirez
  • Patent number: 9731896
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a system for fully autonomous order fulfillment and inventory management within a distribution site or warehouse. The system operates by autonomous robots directly pulling customer order items from distribution site shelves or pulling individual bins from distribution site shelves and dispensing appropriate quantities of items from the bins until all items of a customer order are retrieved without human involvement. The system further involves the robots autonomously monitoring item quantities within the distribution site, identifying and autonomously responding to shortages, and organizing the items within the distribution site for most efficient order fulfillment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: inVia Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Lior Elazary, Daniel Frank Parks, II, Randolph Charles Voorhies
  • Patent number: 9717328
    Abstract: A desktop device for lifting and lowering a keyboard and monitor includes: a vertically-movable stand-unit fixed to a bottom-base and having a securing outer-pipe and a vertically-movable inner-pipe penetratingly fitted therein; a monitor-holder and a keyboard-supporting plate both disposed at the vertically-movable inner-pipe; a control unit having a slide control-key and mounted on the keyboard-supporting plate; and a pneumatic rod with an extensible rod having one end. A gas-releasing pin is disposed at the end of the extensible rod, and the pneumatic rod received in the vertically-movable inner-pipe. The top of the pneumatic rod is pivotally fixed to the top of the vertically-movable inner-pipe, allowing another end of the pneumatic rod to connect with a connector pivotally fixed to the bottom-base. A slide control-key is disposed at the keyboard-supporting plate and connected to a control-cable which is pulled and released to press on and release the gas-releasing pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Hsuan-Chin Tsai
  • Patent number: 8979735
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a controller for remotely controlling an implantable device that is used to adjust a gastric band, and the controller transmits a telemetric signal to the implantable device. The apparatus further comprises a table that provides support for the controller. A rail is oriented in a first direction with respect to the table, and a tray is slidably coupled to the rail. The tray receives the controller, and the rail moves the tray and the controller in the first direction with respect to the table. The apparatus further comprises a roller coupled to the rail. The roller aids in moving the rail, the tray, and the controller in a second direction with respect to the table. The apparatus further comprises an attachment mechanism for securing the controller to the tray. The apparatus locates the controller in a desired location with respect to a patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.
    Inventor: Mike Augarten
  • Patent number: 8960105
    Abstract: A portable desk sized to receive and support a conventional laptop computer or other objects such as a book. The device has a flat rigid rectangular desktop, a pair of curved lower legs connected to a pair of curved upper legs. The lower legs have a support surface for supporting the desk top in a stable position on a surface and a pitch angle locking system for adjustably changing the pitch angle of the desk top using manually operated stoppers connected to the lower legs that engage notches on the curved upper legs for locking the desktop in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Gustavo A. Lira
  • Publication number: 20150033642
    Abstract: A reconfigurable space system and components therefore which can be reconfigured to accommodate sleeping space, entertainment space, work space, kitchen space, dining space and various combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: LeRoy Bryan Johnson, Bruce Williams Thompson, Kevin Darrell Swanson, Peter Davis Mitchell, Gabriel M. VanGessel, Anthony M. VanGessel, Michael Robert VanGessel, Brian Lee LaHaie
  • Patent number: 8875723
    Abstract: A cover system includes a cover, a post, a table top, a counter weight assembly, and a base. The counter weight assembly has a cable extending through at least one pulley and connected to a counter weight. The counter weight assembly is connected to the post and the table top such that as the table top is raised, the post and cover are lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Kent L. Brown
  • Publication number: 20140196635
    Abstract: A vertically adjustable table height system having a first assembled configuration for seating and a second unassembled configuration for storage and shipping, having a horizontal seat, a support frame having leg assembly members and interchangeable legs that assemble quickly and disassemble into a configuration that optimizes space when shipped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Billy Joe Griggs, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140144352
    Abstract: According to principles of the present inventive concepts, a desktop workstation in configured to be supported on an existing work surface and enable adjustment of a height of a work surface between a lowered and a raised position. In a lowered position, the work surface is arranged at a height from the existing work surface that facilitates use by a user in a seated position and, in a raised position, the work surface is arranged at a height from the existing work surface that facilitates use by the user in a standing position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher John Roberts
  • Patent number: 8721251
    Abstract: A robotic device for carrying loads is movable in a vertical direction between rails arranged in multiple rows at various levels with respect to ground. The robotic device has a frame, wheels coupled to the frame for moving the frame along the rails, and a platform provided on the frame to carry a first load when the frame is moved in a vertical direction between first rails and second rails arranged above the first rails. Movable carriages are configured for being moved in the vertical direction at distance greater than a distance between the first rails and the second rails. A lifting mechanism moves the carriages in the vertical direction with respect to the frame. Support handles are arranged on the movable carriages and configured for providing engagement with the first or second rails to raise the frame above the respective rails to a level sufficient to disengage the wheels from the respective rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Sergey N. Razumov
  • Patent number: 8721250
    Abstract: A robotic device movable in first, second and third mutually perpendicular directions along rails arranged in multiple rows, where the rails in a row are arranged along the first and second mutually perpendicular directions, and the multiple rows are arranged along the third direction perpendicular to the first and second directions. The robotic device has a frame, wheels coupled to the frame for moving the frame along the rails in the first and second directions, and support handles for lifting the frame in the third direction from first rails arranged in a first row of the rails to second rails arranged in a second row of the rails. The support handles are configured for providing engagement with the second rails so as to lift the robotic device in the third direction from the first rails to the second rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Sergey N. Razumov
  • Publication number: 20140123881
    Abstract: A vertically adjustable platform system includes a lifting tower with a lifting mechanism. A first scissors mechanism is adjacent one face of the tower and a second scissors mechanism is adjacent the other face of the tower. A first platform is disposed on the upper end of the first scissors mechanism and a second platform is disposed on an upper end of the second scissors mechanism. A lifting mechanism has a first lifting element interconnected with the first scissors mechanism or the first platform for moving the first platform vertically. The lifting mechanism has a second lifting element interconnected with the second scissors mechanism or the second platform for moving the second platform vertically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: SOUTH ESSEX FABRICATING INC.
    Inventors: Peter Quiring, David Knelsen Dyck
  • Patent number: 8690510
    Abstract: A robotic device movable in a vertical direction and in prescribed horizontal directions along rails arranged in the prescribed horizontal directions in multiple rows provided at various levels with respect to ground. The robotic device has a frame, wheels coupled to the frame and configured for moving the frame along the rails, and support handles for lifting the frame in the vertical direction from first rails arranged in a first row of the rails to second rails arranged in a second row of the rails. The support handles are configured for providing engagement with the second rails to lift the robotic device in the vertical direction, and for turning the frame into a desired horizontal direction by pushing against the second rails on an intersection between the second rails and third rails arranged in the same row as the second rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Sergey N. Razumov
  • Patent number: 8632038
    Abstract: Embodiments include methods and apparatus for adjusting heights of objects. One embodiment is a leg adjusting assembly that has a housing connected to a leg of a table. A foot mechanism extends outwardly from the housing and from the leg. When a force is applied to the foot mechanism with a foot of a user, a rod vertically moves in the housing and adjusts a height of the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Table Jacks, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Lee Christian, Michael S Maize
  • Patent number: 8567271
    Abstract: A vertical movement device for an examining table includes a driving wheel, a nut and screw pair and a direction-converting synchronization belt. The driving wheel is disposed on the examining table. The rotation axis of the nut is perpendicular to the rotation axis of the driving wheel, and the nut moves vertically on the screw when the nut rotates so as to carry the examining table to move vertically. The direction-converting synchronization belt converts the rotation of the driving wheel into the rotation of the nut so as to realize the vertical movement of the examining table. The self-locking vertical movement device reduces the noise and manufacturing costs, simplifies the structure, increases the maximum lifting weight and speeds up the lifting/lowering process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Jian Liu
  • Patent number: 8522695
    Abstract: An electrically adjustable piece of furniture, such as a table or armchair comprising at least one actuator and/or lifting column driven by an electric motor for adjustment of the piece of furniture. The adjustment is executed via a control with touch keys. It is characteristic that touch keys are located on the back of an element in the piece of furniture, and that indications for the touch keys are provided on a visible and accessible surface above the touch keys. The touch keys can, however, also be inlayed in an element of the piece of furniture providing possibility for operation from several sides of the element. This provides many variation possibilities for designing the control. Very simply, the indications can merely be painted directly onto the surface, while they, more sophisticatedly, can be inlayed symbols in wood, metal etc., alternatively be a plate mounted on or inlayed in the element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Linak A/S
    Inventor: Kent Ellegaard
  • Patent number: 8505470
    Abstract: A portable desk sized to receive and support a conventional laptop computer or other objects such as a book The portable desk has a flat rigid rectangular desktop, a pair of curved lower legs connected to a pair of curved upper legs. The portable desk lower legs include a support surface for supporting said desk top in a stable position on a surface. The upper and lower legs have a pitch angle locking system for adjustably changing the pitch angle of the desk top using manually operated stoppers connected to the lower legs that engage notches on the curved upper legs for locking the desktop in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Gustavo A. Lira
  • Publication number: 20130152833
    Abstract: An adjustable desk comprising: a desk top; a first outer sidewall attached to the desk top; a second outer sidewall attached to the desk top; a first inner sidewall in slideable communication with the first outer sidewall; a second inner sidewall in slideable communication with the second outer sidewall; a first plurality of pairs of holes on the first outer sidewall, where each of the first plurality of pairs of holes are at different heights from the bottom of the first outer sidewall; a second plurality of pairs of holes on the first inner sidewall, where each of the first plurality of pairs of holes are at different heights from the bottom of the first inner sidewall; a third plurality of pairs of holes on the second outer sidewall, where each of the third plurality of pairs of holes are at different heights from the bottom of the second outer sidewall; a fourth plurality of pairs of holes on the second inner sidewall, where each of the fourth plurality of pairs of holes are at different heights from the
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Peter T. Pfaff
  • Publication number: 20120174833
    Abstract: An adjustable, vertical desk with a horizontal work surface and vertical display surface upon which is attached a computer monitor or other electronic equipment to be viewed, in a range of height positions appropriate to adults of varying heights. The horizontal work surface may also be adjusted to position a keyboard and a mouse at an appropriate hand level for adults of varying heights. The desk allows users to place electronic equipment to heights as needed to suit their stature and by so doing encourages more natural body alignment while in a standing or in a seated position. When the vertical desk is used in combination with a standard treadmill set at low speed, the vertical desk permits mild exercise without work interruption.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventors: Lydia Bellia Early, John T. Early, IV
  • Patent number: 8191487
    Abstract: Accessory holders useful for facilitating the support and positional adjustment of secured accessories. More particularly, a positionally adjustable accessory holder for use with one or more accessories, preferably input or output devices, such as video displays, monitors, keyboards, keypads, laptops and the like. The accessory holder further allows for easy three-dimensional adjustment of two such devices to place the devices in relative positions more ergonomically desirable for a variety of users and workspaces, and features a counter-balance mechanism for balancing the weight of the secured accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Humanscale Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffery Todd Theesfeld, Matthew A. Sommerfield, Jarrett Seng
  • Publication number: 20110297050
    Abstract: A laptop computer desk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: Paul Adams
  • Patent number: 8066244
    Abstract: A lifting platform with microadjustment mechanisms comprises plural microadjustment mechanisms. The microadjustment mechanisms can cooperate with adjustment pieces to adjust the level degree of the lifting platform, and the relative distance between each two microadjustment mechanisms can be adjusted by moving the support portions of the respective microadjustment mechanisms within the displacement clearance defined between the holding grooves of the lifting platform and the adjustment discs. By such arrangements, the microadjustment time can be relatively reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Hiwin Mikrosystem Corp.
    Inventor: Ming-Hung Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8033229
    Abstract: An adjustable projector stand is provided for supporting a video or still image projector. The projector stand is adjustable in pitch and tilt for positioning and leveling images projected on a screen in a manner that compensates for uneven support structures, such as tilted tables and poorly placed screens. The device may be powered manually by the user or by battery through the use of a motor. The projector stand generally consists of a platform with two legs, each of which is formed by two pivotally joined rods. Each leg is in direct rotational communication with a threaded rod disposed within the platform. Each rod is in turn coupled to a means for rotation, which may consist of a manually rotated knob or a battery powered motor. The raising and lowering of one leg may be performed independent of the other in order to allow the projector stand to be leveled on an uneven surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: Chuck McCanna
  • Publication number: 20110239913
    Abstract: A work bench. The work bench includes a table top, a plurality of legs connected to the table top, and a leg length adjustment mechanism positioned on at least one of the plurality of legs. The leg length adjustment mechanism includes a threaded rod configured to rotate about a rod axis, and a leg adjustment member moveable between a first position where the leg adjustment member threadedly engages the threaded rod and a second position where the leg adjustment member is removed from the threaded rod. Rotation of the threaded rod about the rod axis results in axial movement of the threaded rod when the leg adjustment member is in the first position. The threaded rod is freely moveable along the rod axis when the leg adjustment member is in the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicants: ROBERT BOSCH TOOL CORPORATION, ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
    Inventors: Brian H. Chung, Robert S. Doumani
  • Patent number: 8020829
    Abstract: The media player holder apparatus is easily, adjustably, and removably clamped onto an existing object. The clamp provides for adjustable gap without full separation of the two clamp halves. A stalk connects the clamp to a ball joint with selectively retained positioning via the clamp screw. The telescopic arm connected to the ball joint provides distance selectivity of the upper ball joint from the ball joint. The frictionally positioned upper ball joint positions the platform. The removable tray is positioned atop the platform with the multi-plane adjustment providing optimal positioning of a media player. The tray is hingedly lidded and further comprises a frictional surface within, with half straps for retaining a media player or other such device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventor: Nelson Tamayori
  • Patent number: 8011308
    Abstract: A telescopic support is disclosed and has outer and inner leg parts. The outer leg part has: a tubular body defining a longitudinal axis and having an interior passage through which the axis extends centrally. The inner leg part has: a shuttle body part disposed at least partially in the tubular body; and rollers rotably mounted to the shuttle body to support the inner leg part for longitudinal reciprocating movement in the tubular body. The support can be secured to a base and topped with a work-surface defining member to form a height-adjustable table, as also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Unifor S.p.A.
    Inventor: Cesare Picchio
  • Publication number: 20110203495
    Abstract: A top access leveler assembly for leveling a table by use of a pedestal guide barrel, a leveling adjustment screw, and an adjustment driver. The leveling adjustment screw has a lower end with a foot pad and an upper end that can be rotated by the use of an adjustment driver. The adjustment driver is positioned within a cavity of the pedestal guide barrel and is further operated by a knob guide barrel that employs the use of alignment channels to allow the knob guide barrel to be twisted into a position where a spring biases the knob upward to allow ease of rotation. Once the knob is raised, the leveling adjustment screw is accessed from the top wherein the alignment channels allow rotation of the adjustment driver in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction for use in extending the foot pad beneath the base of the table. The alignment guides further allow for the depressing of the guide barrel into the cavity and with a slight rotation places the guide barrel in a recessed position when not in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: William McLaughlin
  • Publication number: 20110197796
    Abstract: Overbed table assemblies and table assemblies for use with a patient support surface are presented herein. In one embodiment, the overbed table assembly includes a movable base for supporting the overbed table assembly and a tabletop spaced from the base. A support beam structure interconnects the tabletop and the base. The support beam structure is attached to the base at a point below the upper surface thereof. In other embodiments, one or more elongated glide arms project transversely from the base to abut the ground and thereby provide cantilevered support for the tabletop. Optionally, the glide arm(s) are generally parallel with the ground, and less than approximately one inch high. The base may include an array of wheels, at least three of which are positioned directly under one side of the tabletop. The tabletop may be vertically adjustable, having an adjustable height of approximately 20-40 inches from the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventors: VISHWANATH A. BHAVE, Ethan S. Abernathey, Richard P. Derks
  • Publication number: 20110139043
    Abstract: A supporting structure for geological sample drilling equipment having a minimal environmental footprint is disclosed. The structure consists of a platform on which drilling equipment can be positioned, and a plurality of legs extending from the platform to the ground. The legs are of variable length, which allows the platform to be set horizontally even on uneven ground. The platform includes a rotatable portion so that the drilling equipment can be easily rotated to a desired orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventor: Alistair Ross Reed
  • Publication number: 20110083589
    Abstract: A container holding table comprising a table top having a top planar surface and a bottom planar surface with an opening and at least one height adjustable table leg. The opening is located in the center of the plastic table top and comprises a round through hole sufficiently sized to receive a container. The height adjustable table leg comprises a stainless steel caster. The height adjustable table leg further comprises an inner and an outer tube. The inner and outer tube provide telescoping means allowing adjustment of up to four inches via at least one set of apertures and a push button securing device. The height adjustable table leg is capable of being repeatedly unfolded from a closed position to an open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventor: Jihad Cabey
  • Publication number: 20110056414
    Abstract: A support leg for a table includes a rod having a first end and an opposing second end. The rod includes a first groove that extends into the rod from an outer surface of the rod toward a geometric center of the rod. The first groove extends generally parallel to a central longitudinal axis of the rod and is sized and shaped to receive at least a portion of a first side panel of the table. The rod includes a second groove spaced-apart from the first groove along the outer surface of the rod. The second groove extends into the rod from the outer surface of the rod toward the geometric center of the rod. The second groove extends generally parallel to the central longitudinal axis and is sized and shaped to receive at least a portion of a second side panel of the table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventor: Ed SACCO
  • Patent number: 7866268
    Abstract: A multi-configurable furniture assembly including height adjustable legs, a height adjustable pedestal support structure, a variable height foot support for cabinets and shelves and a panel wall assembly where each of the separate assemblies have finished and high quality appearances after a configuration is constructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Duane F. Nagel, Joylene M. Battey
  • Patent number: 7861440
    Abstract: An ironing board includes a base, a body with a work surface and an easy height-adjustment operation to adjust the distance of the body relative to the base. A column extends between the body and the base and is equipped with a stationary frame secured to the base and a moveable frame secured to the body. In order to decrease the force needed to adjust the height of the body relative to the base, the height adjustment device includes device for exerting a repelling force between the body and the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Kok Wah Ma, Derrick Wai Thong Loke, Mong Hua Tan, Mohankumar Valiyambath Krishnan, Chandra Mohan Janakiraman, Swee Loon Michael Tang, Choon Hwee Tan
  • Publication number: 20100319590
    Abstract: A stepless extendable rod comprises: an inner tube, an outer tube fit over said inner tube, a fixture securing said outer tube to said inner tube; said fixture is disposed to a proximal end of said inner tube; said fixture includes a mortise and a tenon, said tenon rotatably inserts inside said mortise to enlarge a wall of said mortise. Said tenon inserted inside said mortise to enlarge a wall of said mortise, the wall is extruded and fixed to an inner wall of said outer tube. Said inner tube is movably secured to said outer tube. Said extendable rod is designed with a simple structure, which is easy to assemble, saving space and transportation cost.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Inventor: Tsang-Po Chen
  • Patent number: 7827922
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a veterinary medical lift device to treat animals. Specifically, this invention relates to a mobile veterinary preparation table with a sloping flange or an angled ramp that is height-adjustable and that allows a large degree of ease in relocating an animal to the top of the table. In another embodiment it may also relate to a fixed exam table which lowers close to the floor and which would have its height adjustable table situated such that it would be perpendicular to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Midmark Corporation
    Inventor: Charles C. Keil
  • Patent number: 7823518
    Abstract: A desk for use in supporting a computer and/or computer-related devices includes a base adapted to rest on a support surface such as a floor, in combination with an upwardly extending support that defines a lower end interconnected with the base and an upper end spaced vertically above the lower end. A desk top member is secured to the upper end of the support. The upwardly extending support and the desk top member are configured and arranged such that the desk top member is located forwardly of the rear area of the base, and to define an open area below the desk top member between the desk top member and the base. The base can be moved on the support surface to position the desk top member over a user's lap when the user is in a seated position. The desk may include a base pivot connection between the base and the upwardly extending support, and a desk top pivot connection between the desk top and the upwardly extending support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Conceptual Furniture, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas L. Phillips
  • Publication number: 20100206201
    Abstract: A lifting platform with microadjustment mechanisms comprises plural microadjustment mechanisms. The microadjustment mechanisms can cooperate with adjustment pieces to adjust the level degree of the lifting platform, and the relative distance between each two microadjustment mechanisms can be adjusted by moving the support portions of the respective microadjustment mechanisms within the displacement clearance defined between the holding grooves of the lifting platform and the adjustment discs. By such arrangements, the microadjustment time can be relatively reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: Ming-Hung HSIEH
  • Patent number: 7765940
    Abstract: A kit for converting a standard sit-down desk to a stand-up desk. The kit includes a frame having a plurality of leg extensions secured with end rails and a plurality of side supports of selected length. Selected of the leg extensions are pivotally carried between retracted and extended positions. The kit also includes a foot rail, a shelf, a plurality of spacers and a plurality of collars. For shipping, the pivotable leg extensions, shelf and foot rail are placed parallel with the end rail. In use, the pivotable leg extensions are moved into an extended position and secured by the foot rail and shelf. The desk legs are interconnected with the leg extensions by the collars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventor: Graham Peterson
  • Patent number: 7712585
    Abstract: A lifting device adjusts the height of a top part relative to a base part for a patient couch. The lifting device includes an elevator mechanism and a drive unit for height adjustment. The elevator mechanism has a scissor mechanism with two scissor arms, which are pivotably connected together via a scissor pivot joint. The elevator mechanism further includes an elbow mechanism having two elbow arms, which are pivotably connected together via an elbow pivot joint. Each of the elbow arms is linked to a scissor arm via a linking pivot joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Tobias Hoth
  • Patent number: 7677518
    Abstract: The adjustable stand has lower and upper components spaced vertically apart. The upper component supports a monitor of a computer and is movable upwardly and downwardly relative to the lower component while the lower component remains fixed in position. An operator of the computer can accordingly adjust the monitor to eye-level whether the operator is standing or is seated. A platform supports a keyboard and is movable with the upper component. The level of the platform may be adjusted selectively upwardly and downwardly relative to the upper component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventors: Guy Chouinard, Monique Amyotte, Ghislain Chabot
  • Publication number: 20100050911
    Abstract: The invention relates to an element of furniture such as a work surface comprised of a plate provided with at least three legs assembled respectively to the plate by an L-shaped attachment bracket. Each leg is comprised of a cylinder of substantially rectangular cross section and of an upper end portion including a cover. The upper portion of each leg is housed in a notch arranged at the edge of the plate such that each leg protrudes from the periphery of the plate. The notch is dimensioned to allow the housing of a second leg belonging to an adjacent work surface in parallel to the first leg. The L-shaped attachment bracket has an attachment portion arranged to attach to the plate and an end portion arranged to nest over the upper end portion of the cylinder of the leg. A fixing plate is housed in the upper portion of the cylinder of the leg. The fixing plate includes bores arranged in correspondence with bores provided on the end portion of the bracket that is nested over the cylinder of the leg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventor: Vincent Rouillard
  • Publication number: 20090307843
    Abstract: An item support apparatus, such as an overbed table, for example, includes a support surface assembly, a base assembly, and a vertical column coupled to each of the support surface and base assemblies. A side assembly is coupled to the base assembly and configured to remain stationary while the support surface assembly moves upwardly and downwardly relative to the base assembly. The overbed table may further include a hand sanitizer container coupled with the support surface assembly and configured to receive a removable hand sanitizer container unit. The base assembly may include weight-activated casters. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventors: Scott Hookway, Dawn Michelle Riley, G. Brent Fagan, Dennis James Gallant, Charles A. Howell, Jack Barney Sing
  • Patent number: 7618014
    Abstract: A desk for reading, writing, typing and painting is disclosed. The desk comprises a base plate, a deck, a long sliding track and a sliding positioning element. The base plate comprises a rotatable plate and a sliding hinge. The deck is secured to a tube of the sliding hinge. The long sliding track is attached to the sliding hinge and positioned over the rotatable plate. The sliding positioning element is adopted for positioning the sliding track and the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Inventor: Yun-Fei Wang
  • Patent number: 7588219
    Abstract: An adjustable roller apparatus has a housing and a roller ball, rotatably mounted in the housing. There is also a base adjuster that is adapted to be moved from a first position to a second position and where one of the first and second positions of the base adjuster is a retracted position that permits the roller ball to contact a surface and rotate on the surface and the other position of the base adjuster is an extended position whereby the base adjuster contacts the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Inventors: Steven Levine, George T. Brown
  • Publication number: 20090145340
    Abstract: A device for facilitating use of a bathroom fixture according to various exemplary embodiments can include at least a first planar body and a second planar body having a pair of opposed legs extending from each planar body defining a first opening and a second opening for receiving and conforming to a configuration of a base of a bathroom fixture. An interlocking element may be interposed between at least the first planar body and the second planar body for interlocking and stacking at least the first and second planar bodies to form a raised platform adjustable to a predetermined height based upon a user's height for facilitating use of the bathroom fixture according to the user's height. A skid-resistance bottom surface may be provided on either the first planar body or the second planar body for securing the raised platform to an underlying surface to prevent movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventor: Goli Parvizian
  • Patent number: 7476186
    Abstract: Exercise apparatus for resistance training includes an adjustment mechanism raising and lowering a platform, e.g. a stand-upon platform supporting the feet of the user. The adjustment mechanism both: a) journals the platform to pivot about a pivot axis parallel to a first lateral axis into and out of engagement with a detent lock; and b) linearly guides translational up and down movement of the platform and prevents side to side canting of the platform about a second lateral axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Clay J. Steffee
  • Publication number: 20080289544
    Abstract: This invention relates to a device and a method for recognizing collision of automatically moveable parts of furniture with obstacles by detecting a change in bend or a change in acceleration. This is carried out by a device for recognizing collisions of automatically moveable parts of furniture with obstacles, comprising a piece of furniture with at least one moveable part (1, 2, 31), wherein this part is a adapted to be moved relatively to the rest of the furniture in a non-manual manner, an automatic driving mechanism adapted to move the moveable part, a controller adapted to control the automatic driving mechanism, and a sensor (4) adapted to detect a collision with an obstacle during the movement of the moveable part and to transmit the collision to the controller, wherein the sensor is adapted to detect a change in bend or a change in acceleration of the moveable part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Applicant: KESSEBOHMER PRODUKTIONS GMBH + CO. KG
    Inventors: Michael Buitmann, Michael Koder, Thomas Strothmann
  • Publication number: 20080258514
    Abstract: A desk assembly and method of manufacturing the desk assembly. The desk assembly includes a frame supporting a top assembly. The frame includes two or more leg portions telescopically coupled to one another such that the top assembly is height adjustable. The top assembly is formed from a plastic molded base bonded to a high pressure laminate sheet to form a seamless panel. The seamless panel is straighted from a deformed state during the manufacturing process to a flat surface by adhering the panel to a substrate with adhesive and pressure. The top assembly may include an angled portion set off by a flowing arc to increase user comfort. The desk assembly may include a chair assembly integrally formed with the frame and one or more semi-transparent modesty panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Applicant: HNI TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Nichols, Errol Pearsons, Thomas M. Edwards, Leron Leist, Dale Allen Johnson, Bradley Keith Bransen, Joseph Robert Russell
  • Publication number: 20080245279
    Abstract: An automatic continuously height adjustable table comprises a load board, at least one kingpost and a controller. The controller utilizes a time unit to set time parameter which the extension time of the kingpost corresponds to. The controller utilizes a count unit to set height parameter which the extension height of the kingpost corresponds to. Consequently, the load board will rise or lower automatically, continuously and periodically along with the kingpost, thus compelling the user to change his postures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventor: Chun Ming PAN