Body Related Patents (Class 108/43)
  • Publication number: 20090272779
    Abstract: A foldable portable universal laptop computer holder and harness for hands-free mobile use of a laptop while standing or walking is provided and includes a laptop tray frame, a tray arm connected to said tray frame for supporting a laptop computer, a torso bar pivotally connected to said tray arm, wherein said tray arm can pivot up essentially parallel in position to said torso bar and can pivot down essentially perpendicular in position to said torso bar, a chest support connected to said torso bar, one or more housings attached to said chest support wherein said housings can adjustably slide in relation to said chest support, and shoulder supports pivotally connected to said housings wherein said shoulder supports can pivot laterally in relation to said housings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Publication date: November 5, 2009
    Inventor: Phuong Dinh Vu
  • Publication number: 20090265050
    Abstract: An aircraft pilot kneeboard is provided including a bottom member having an inner compartment. A top member is connected to the bottom member by a first axle. Flanges extend outwardly from the bottom member. Straps are attached to the flanges. Springs are located in the flanges for holding writing instruments. The springs have turns distanced less than a diameter of the writing instruments. Clamps are located at lower and upper edges of the top member. A tiltable surface is connected to an upper surface of the second clamp by a second axle. The second axle extends widthwise across the kneeboard. The kneeboard further includes a light emitting diode for lighting a top surface of the top member. The kneeboard further includes an interactive screen attached to the tiltable surface for providing a military moving map and a brownout/obscured landing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventor: Douglas Burpee
  • Publication number: 20090229497
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing a laptop computer to a users leg includes a base having apertures on opposing lateral sidewalls. A frictional material is applied to a top and bottom surface of the base for limiting slip between the base, the laptop computer and the user's leg. A first strap includes a first buckle and a surface having a self-attachment means where the first strap is inserted in one of the apertures with the first buckle above the top surface. A second strap includes a second buckle and a surface including a self-attachment means where the second strap is inserted in another of the apertures on the opposing sidewall with the second buckle below the bottom surface, the second strap is passed through the first buckle for securing the laptop computer and the first strap is passed through the second buckle for securing to the users leg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventors: Alfredo Persico, Patricia A. Persico
  • Patent number: 7536960
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a base that has a thermo-resistive top surface and oppositely seated edges that have apertures formed therein. A top casing has an inner perimeter aligned above the base and maintains a fixed elevated spatial relationship therewith. The top casing has holes formed along an outer perimeter thereof, and is formed from non-conductive and transparent material. Elongated pegs have bores formed therethrough and have opposed ends coupled to a top casing bottom surface and a base top surface. The axial bores are aligned with the apertures and the holes for receiving fasteners therethrough. The portable computer is nested on the base and interfitted between the inner perimeter of the top casing such that the portable computer is advantageously restricted from moving. The portable computer is spaced from the user's genitalia such that heat generated from the portable computer is dissipated away from the user's genitalia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Inventors: Enrique Perez, Marcos Perez
  • Publication number: 20090078170
    Abstract: A mouse pad includes a pad plate and a rotary massage device disposed on a side of the pad plate. The massage device includes a massage head and a wheel box fixed on the pad plate. A motor and a transmission mechanism driven by the motor are mounted in the wheel box. The massage head connects with the transmission mechanism so as to be rotated and extends above the wheel box for massaging the operator's wrist. In a preferable embodiment, the transmission mechanism includes a worm, a double-gear and a gear wheel. The worm is disposed on an output shaft of the motor and engages with the double-gear, the double-gear engages with the gear wheel, and the massage head connects with the gear wheel. Such mouse pad not only has the functions as the conventional mouse pad has, but also can massage the operator's wrist to ease the weariness of the wrist while operating a computer mouse thereon, thus to achieve a health care effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventor: Chichun Wu
  • Publication number: 20090065391
    Abstract: A food or drink tray is provided that includes a substrate having a curvilinear perimeter. The substrate has a top surface and bottom surface each extending along a first longitudinal axis and a second lateral axis perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The tray also has a rotatable handle hingedly coupled to an edge of the substrate. The handle is rotatable between at least two stable positions. Also, the handle has a cross section with at least one of an oblong, an obround, an oval and a crescent configuration. The tray also includes a rib coupled to a peripheral edge of the tray and extends away from the tray in a direction substantially opposite relative to the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventors: Ben L. McEwin, Mike McEwin
  • Publication number: 20080282940
    Abstract: A mobile device bed desk both functional and decorative. An inverted yoke shaped platform of some thickness supported by it's own legs and additional legs inserted into openings at varying locations so as to give opportunity for adjustment for angle and height of the working plane of the platform and thereby placing the attached optional device at an optimal position for use. The platform is provided with cutout openings and access slots in various locations to provide a convenient option for positioning and holding electrical and peripheral device cords associated with the operation of the attached optional device. In addition said platform is provided with cutout opening at strategic locations to facilitate the cooling of the attached optional device. Applied to the surface of the platform at various locations is a textured material to allow the possible use of a computer human interface device (computer mouse).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2008
    Publication date: November 20, 2008
    Inventor: Jay Stuart Marion
  • Publication number: 20080202390
    Abstract: A table may include a table top and one or more legs or support pedestals. The table may also include one or more handles that may enhance the portability of the table. For example, if the table is a fold-in-half table, then the table top may include first and second sections that may be moved between an folded position and an unfolded position. The handle may include first and second sections that are connected to the first and second sections of the table top. The first and second sections of the handle may be collectively grasped, which may help prevent the table top from unintentionally unfolding. The table top may also include receiving portions that are sized configured to receive one or more portions of the handle. This may allow, for example, at least a substantial portion of the handle to be disposed in receiving portions when the handle is in a retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventors: Paul Branch, Ed VanNimwegen
  • Publication number: 20080173218
    Abstract: A subject loading system is provided for moving a subject disposed in an isolation zone into and out of a diagnostic system disposed outside the isolation zone. A tube extends away from the isolation zone. The tube has an inner volume open to the isolation zone and operatively coupled with the diagnostic system. An elongated subject support pallet is disposed in the isolation zone and dimensioned to fit into the tube. A base including a mechanical drive is disposed in the isolation zone and is configured to align the elongated subject support pallet with the tube and to move the elongated subject support pallet into and out of the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Zhengyan WANG, Steven J. PLUMMER, Jacin C. BARNES, Matthew D. FLEISCHHAUER, Michael G. AMBROSIA, Dennis K. EVERETT, Robert G. HENDERSON
  • Patent number: 7398572
    Abstract: A decorative pillow desktop system comprises a soft cushion top, which reveals, when opened, a notepad, light and pen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Inventor: Kyrsten Ann Braun
  • Publication number: 20080136108
    Abstract: The present invention provides a modular gaming table comprising: (a) a modular table top comprising a main table surface having a top side and a bottom side; (b) at least one personal player area module receiving area; (c) at least one personal player area module insertably integral with the table top, the personal player area module having a top module side and a bottom module side, the top module side being about approximately flush with the table top surface in the horizontal plane; (d) a subsurface having a top side and a bottom side, wherein the subsurface top side is attachable to the main table surface bottom side; (e) a surface-subsurface attachment means; (f) a trim ring positioned approximately around the outer perimeter of the table top in the horizontal plane; (g) personal player area module attachment means. According to a preferred embodiment, the personal player area module is slidably insertable into the tabletop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventor: Andrew Polay
  • Patent number: 7329003
    Abstract: The apparatus provides an improved modified slit lamp assembly light source base and vertical support frame assemblies comprising chin and headrest vertical support legs wherein at least a lower portion of the chin rest vertical supports have been modified in at least a substantially widened fashion. The lower portion of the supports is further modified to jut back or bend away from a seated patient and toward the encroaching base of the slit lamp assembly to provide upper body accommodation while at the same time preventing a patient's upper body to encroach the base of the slit lamp. The assembly's chin/head support frame is mounted on a pivotal tabletop having a pivotal connection means, wherein the pivotal tabletop comprises a plurality of cut-out shapes each working in cooperative conjunction with the modified assemblies to accommodate obese, large-breasted patients and patients with degenerative back disorders, as well as obese doctors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Occhi Sani, LLC
    Inventor: Angela E. Nicolini
  • Patent number: 7322063
    Abstract: A cushioning and support device includes a unitary member having a predetermined size, a pair of cavities formed in a first surface of such unitary member for ergonomic engagement with at least one portion of a human body and a plurality of longitudinal grooves formed in an opposed second surface of such unitary member in a direction perpendicular to a direction of the pair of cavities for providing air ventilation under a load placed onto the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Inventor: Ifeanyi Esimai
  • Patent number: 7293751
    Abstract: An adjustable support for a portable computer or the like having a main or center board, side boards, and cylindrical stackers interconnecting them. The device is designed to hold a portable computer on the main board and to dispose it weightlessly in the lap area of a seated user by means of the side boards resting on the arms of the easy chair, or couch or sofa on which the user is seated. The distance between the side boards and the main board of the device may be varied by changing the number of stackers each of which have mating male and female ends to enable interconnecting them. The main board and the sideboards may have through-holes of two different diameters each: a larger one for receiving and rendering flush the head of a nut or bolt cooperating with a respective stacker end to secure the stacker rigidly to the board; a smaller one for snugly receiving reduced portion of the nut or bolt. The larger diameter portions of the through-holes only penetrate halfway through the boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Inventor: Bo Goran Eriksson
  • Patent number: 7275724
    Abstract: A laptop computer support platform including a rigid, multilayered assembly with a thermal insulator disposed between a generally planar upper side and a lower side defined by the assembly for reducing heat transference from a computer adapted to be supported on the upper side of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventor: Jeffrey N. Ward
  • Patent number: 7249747
    Abstract: A portable rest device for a laptop computer is made of a thermally-conductive material, and comprises a top face for receiving the laptop computer and a bottom heat-dissipating three-dimensional pattern. Due to this design, the portable rest device dissipates 1) the heat generated by the laptop computer and captured by the top face, and 2) the heat generated by the user when the bottom heat-dissipating three-dimensional pattern is disposed on the user's lap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: University of Ontario Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Richard J. Marceau, Réal Brousseau, Jacques Hallée, Danielle Barrette, Martin Brouillette
  • Patent number: 7240623
    Abstract: The disclosure describes is a portable activity surface with foam construction with various utilitarian features and configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Inventors: Joseph M. Jarke, Joseph M. Jarke, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7204193
    Abstract: The mobile holding apparatus has a support plate which has an upper side with a work surface and a lower side and is mounted height-adjustably on a stand. The stand is free-standing and the support plate has a guide with which it is guided on the stand. A gas spring arranged in the stand supports the upward movement of the support plate. Loading of the support plate is taken up by self-locking of the guide and in particular by canting of a profiled piece in a guide groove. The holding apparatus makes possible ergonomic positioning of a work aid, for example a laptop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: INOTOP AG
    Inventors: Ernst Scherrer, Peter Meier
  • Patent number: 7156026
    Abstract: An ergonomically contoured frame for accommodating a person in a seated position includes an upper section carried by a base section. The base section includes upwardly extending legs, while the upper section includes downwardly extending legs for adjustably interconnecting with the upwardly extending legs to vary the height of the controller stand to accommodate different players. The base section includes a generally U-shaped base carrying the upwardly extending legs. The upper section has a generally U-shaped top integral with and interconnecting the downwardly extending legs. A foot controller platform is carried by the base section for carrying a foot controller for a video game. A hand controller platform is carried by the upper section for carrying a hand controller for a video game. Securing members are carried by the platforms for securing the controllers to each platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: W. Richard McClellion
  • Patent number: 7150236
    Abstract: A portable writing platform adapted to be used with a book includes a generally planar base adapted to be positioned around a portion of the book, an attachment member adapted for removably attaching the base to the book, a writing surface, and an adjustable attachment between the writing surface and the generally planar base. The adjustable attachment enables the writing surface to move between a stored position wherein the writing surface is adjacent the generally planar base, and an extended position wherein the writing surface extends outwardly from the generally planar base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Inventor: Alan E. Riley
  • Patent number: 7121214
    Abstract: A portable desk for a laptop computer or similar device. The desk has a rigid panel with a central cutout. Pads are provided on the top surface to receive the computer case to provide friction. Cushions on the underside of the panel engage and stabilize the desk on the user's legs in a sitting position. A mouse pad is hinged to the desk and in a stored position is received in the center cutout and may be deployed to a position adjacent the desk when in use. Heat is dissipated through the central cutout and also along air troughs between the bottom of the case and upper surface of the desk. In one embodiment, the desk may be provided with folding legs which may be deployed to impart an inclination to the working surface. The desk is compact, lightweight and can be conveniently stored in a carrying case alongside the computer when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Juggernaut Design, LLC AZ limited liability company
    Inventors: Randall R. Toltzman, Thomas P. Muday
  • Patent number: 7096797
    Abstract: A portable collapsible table or tray having multiple wooden panels hinged to each other from underneath by a piece of fabric. The panels fold in a zigzag manner into a compact, folded form which is easily carried in a bag. The panels are secured to form a rigid table surface by inserting removable support rods laterally and crosswise through the wooden panels. The end panels each receive a locking rod at its respective outer side. Support panels having handle cutouts and legs are attached at each end of the table by hinges. These support panels have bores therethrough for inserting the support pins, and are thus locked in place, along with the wooden surface panels when the rods are inserted. The support panels fold with the surface panels when the support rods are removed forming a compact configuration. A game board version without support panels is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Inventors: Melanie A. Sharpe, Anton J. Sharpe
  • Patent number: 7059253
    Abstract: A table adapted for a home appliance, such as a microwave oven, wherein the volume under the table is efficiently utilized to house the appliance. The table can be removed, used, and then returned and efficiently stored surrounding the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Pung Yeun Cho
  • Patent number: 7055442
    Abstract: A portable desk including a base having a bottom surface forming a plurality of storage compartments which define a storage space. A top portion is hingedly attached to the base and movable between an open position and a closed position. Legs are positioned at opposing end portions of the base and connected to the base to pivotally move with respect to the base between a retracted position and an extended position. Each leg preferably has an outer surface that forms a recessed, concave portion. At least one snap element locks each leg with respect to the base in the extended position and includes a tab section formed on a bottom surface of the base which interferes with or engages a support edge formed at an end portion of a corresponding leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Senario LLC
    Inventors: George O. Podd, Michael L. Nakamura, James D. Morrow
  • Patent number: 6986308
    Abstract: A food service and dining tray having a smooth upper surface, opposing end panels that provide sturdy handles, a perimeter rim with a minimum height dimension of approximately one inch extending between the end panels, a removable high-friction mat, and a yielding bottom portion filled with granular and/or soft material that conforms to the configuration of the surface or lap upon which it is placed. Optionally, the serving tray may have a detachable self-contained bottom portion, a perimeter groove for food crumbs and/or mat storage, and one or more recessed areas in its upper surface for maintaining a container holding an easily spilled food or beverage in a substantially upright and fixed position. Also, the mat may have thermal properties that protect the upper tray surface from damage during repeated use with hot food containers and/or help food containers to maintain elevated and chilled temperatures during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Inventors: Anthony John King, Maureen Elizabeth King
  • Patent number: 6984066
    Abstract: A small surgical table which can be attached directly to a C-arm X-ray machine. A flat plate of X-ray transparent material is provided as a surface on which surgical procedures can be performed. Clamping features are provided on the underside of this plate to allow its attachment to an image intensifier or an emitter of a C-arm machine. The clamping features are preferably made readily adjustable in order to allow the attachment of the surgical table to a wide variety of X-ray machines. The invention is particularly suited for surgeries involving a small portion of the anatomy—such as the hand. The direct attachment of the surgical table to the X-ray machine allows the surgeon to conveniently visualize the internal placement of orthopaedic hardware and other features both before and during the surgery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Inventor: Andrew H. Borom
  • Patent number: 6957612
    Abstract: A raised lap top work surface utilizes a concave area for comfortable use and positioning on a user's legs. V-shaped arching leg support surfaces provide reliable positioning of the raised lap top work surface on the user's lap. The raised lap top work surface has a raised working surface level located at the proper sight distance for reading or writing. A large cover gives the user a surface area large enough to display any reference material needed and still have ample room for writing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Inventor: Ralph B. Conlee
  • Patent number: 6894894
    Abstract: A base for a laptop computer. In one embodiment, the base has an upper surface with a keyboard and a lower surface opposite the upper surface. The lower surface may have two depressions extending from a forward edge to a rear edge of the lower surface. The depressions are configured to engage both the upper and side surfaces of the user's legs in a manner that restricts relative motion between the base and the user's legs. In one embodiment, the depressions may have a rough texture and/or a skid-resistant material to further restrict motion of the base relative to the user's legs. In another embodiment, first and second support members may be movably attached to the base to move from a stowed position to an unstowed position for providing more surface area to engage the user's legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Lynne Zarek, Paul T. Parker, John M. Wechkin
  • Publication number: 20040261668
    Abstract: The invention is a portable activity surface with foam construction with various utilitarian features and configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2004
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventors: Joseph M. Jarke, Joseph M. Jarke
  • Publication number: 20040250738
    Abstract: A raised lap top work surface utilizes a concave area for comfortable use and positioning on a user's legs. V-shaped arching leg support surfaces provide reliable positioning of the raised lap top work surface on the user's lap. The raised lap top work surface has a raised working surface level located at the proper sight distance for reading or writing. A large cover gives the user a surface area large enough to display any reference material needed and still have ample room for writing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Inventor: Ralph B. Conlee
  • Publication number: 20040226485
    Abstract: The mobile holding apparatus has a support plate which has an upper side with a work surface and a lower side and is mounted height-adjustably on a stand. The stand is free-standing and the support plate has guide means with which it is guided on the stand. A gas spring arranged in the stand supports the upward movement of the support plate. Loading of the support plate is taken up by self-locking of the guide means and in particular by canting of a profiled piece in a guide groove. The holding apparatus makes possible ergonomic positioning of a work aid, for example a laptop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Applicant: INOTOP AG
    Inventors: Ernst Scherrer, Peter Meier
  • Patent number: 6776104
    Abstract: A stand to position the driving module for a video game has a support platform. The support platform arranges the support column, and an adjustable plane to position the accelerator module and a lever to allow the support column to be turned. The top end of the hollow support column has a support base with a reversible attachment for the driving module. The hollow support column provides a convenient way of keeping the interconnection wires in an isolated place. One embodiment of the Improved Stand provides a support for a video monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Inventor: Jerry Herbst
  • Patent number: 6772980
    Abstract: The inventive apparatus is a convenient, unobtrusive appliance for providing support in the prevention of injury due to personal computer keyboard use. In particular, the inventive apparatus supports the entire arm and further assists the keyboard user in that it allows the shoulder muscles to remain relaxed, and the knuckles, wrists, and forearms to maintain the same plane during keyboard usage. Further, the inventive apparatus is designed to support and maintain good posture at the keyboard. The inventive apparatus is worn by a user on the user's upper body and it receives it support from the wearer's waist and upper back, while avoiding contact at the wearer's shoulder and neck. It supports both arms and the upper body without encumbering the wearer of the apparatus. The inventive apparatus supports the wearer's upper body movements by acting as a suspension system in that it absorbs the damaging energy that so often is the initial cause of repetitive stress injury to keyboard users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventor: John M. O'Neill
  • Patent number: 6757159
    Abstract: A base for a laptop computer. In one embodiment, the base has an upper surface with a keyboard and a lower surface opposite the upper surface. The lower surface may have two depressions extending from a forward edge to a rear edge of the lower surface. The depressions are configured to engage both the upper and side surfaces of the user's legs in a manner that restricts relative motion between the base and the user's legs. In one embodiment, the depressions may have a rough texture and/or a skid-resistant material to further restrict motion of the base relative to the user's legs. In another embodiment, first and second support members may be movably attached to the base to move from a stowed position to an unstowed position for providing more surface area to engage the user's legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Lynne Zarek, Paul T. Parker, John M. Wechkin
  • Publication number: 20040112259
    Abstract: A portable table includes a horizontal member and either one or two support members for use in relatively confined settings. The support member(s) are positioned perpendicular to the horizontal member, proximate the legs of the user, and rest on the floor when the table is in use. The configuration of the table allows the horizontal member to rotate toward and away from the user while the table is in use. The supports are placed parallel to the horizontal member to allow for the table to be transported easily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Inventor: Cynthia J. Zeiders
  • Publication number: 20040108433
    Abstract: An in-lap mouse pad support has an essentially flat panel, with an upper surface for a computer mouse and an undersurface having a plurality of thin, orthogonally disposed walls, to form an array of rectilinear cells of uniform size, and at least one sidewall with two or more rounded connecting members, sized to fit tightly into a rectilinear cell, extending upwardly from the sidewall upper edge, so that the sidewall may be attached to the flat panel thereby.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2002
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Inventor: Tonya Gunsch
  • Patent number: 6702166
    Abstract: An auxiliary device for serving ready portions of food to a table, or for serving food from a dish, is provided. The auxiliary device includes a holder for fixing the auxiliary device on an arm of a waiter and a support member for a plate or a dish carried by the holder. The auxiliary device enables the waiter to conveniently carry 4 to 7 portions at a time to a table, as well as to protect his arm from a hot dish when serving from a dish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Inventors: Tanja Niemivuo, Juhamatti Niemivuo
  • Patent number: 6682038
    Abstract: A keyboard support includes one or more retractable auxiliary support platforms. The keyboard support is constructed of a keyboard platform and a bottom plate which include complementary interior surfaces which form one or more pockets therebetween into which the auxiliary support platforms are slidably retracted. Each auxiliary support platform further includes a top plate and a slider plate. The top plate has a top surface which matches that of the keyboard platform to provide a uniform appearance. The profile of the auxiliary support platforms generally matches that of the pockets so as to be substantially hidden when in the fully retracted position. The top plate is rotatable with respect to the slider plate, and also the keyboard support, so as to enlarge the useable work surface of the auxiliary support platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Knoll, Inc.
    Inventor: Arkady Golynsky
  • Patent number: 6675721
    Abstract: A portable table which can be used in relatively confined settings. The table includes two vertical supports which are placed on either side of the user's legs and rest on the floor when the table is in use. The supports are hingedly attached and fold underneath the table to allow for the table to be transported easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Inventor: Cynthia J. Zeiders
  • Publication number: 20030230220
    Abstract: The present invention provides a unitary portable desk for use in a chair's arms having an arched center region having a pair of substantially rectangular side regions, each located at one end of the arched region. The portable desk includes two parallel-positioned handles located near the bottom sides of the right and left substantially rectangular regions to provide ergonomic carrying and positioning of the desk. It also includes releasable securement devices that are removably positioned to secure desktop items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Publication date: December 18, 2003
    Inventors: Barbara J. Evans, Herbert J. Evans
  • Patent number: 6662733
    Abstract: A multi-leaf organizer according to at least one embodiment of the disclosures herein includes a first leaf having a first surface and a second surface. A second leaf is disposed adjacent to a first longitudinal edge of the first leaf. A first hinge assembly is attached between the first leaf and the second leaf for enabling the second leaf to be moved between a respective self-supported open position and a respective closed position with respect to the first leaf. The first hinge assembly retains the second leaf in the respective self-supported open position and the second leaf defines a support surface in a substantially side-by-side relationship with the second surface of the first leaf when the second leaf is in the respective self-supported open position. A document binding device is mounted on the second surface of the first leaf adjacent to a second longitudinal edge of the first leaf. A third leaf is disposed adjacent to a second longitudinal edge of the first leaf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Inventor: Martin Carl Scott
  • Patent number: 6659022
    Abstract: To obviate the discomfort in the use of a so-called laptop computer which because a lightweight object, i.e., typically 10 pounds, is positioned on the lap of the user, there is provided as an alternative a readily assembled table, the stability of which is supplemented by the computer-user while in a seated position at the table closing his/her knees against support legs of the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Inventor: Gilbert J. Holtz
  • Patent number: 6659545
    Abstract: A tray assembly for use with a child's booster seat in an automobile, the booster seat having a back and a pair of sides, each side having a side top, the tray assembly including a foam tray and an anchoring strap. The foam tray is made of a continuous piece of foam rubber which is covered by cloth. The foam tray has a forward portion having a cutout for accommodating the child, the cutout defining a pair of wings. The anchoring strap includes an elastic portion and a pair of anchoring pins. A pair of anchoring holes are located in the wings of the foam tray to accommodate the anchoring pins of the anchoring strap. In use, the foam tray is positioned upon the side tops of the booster seat, the anchoring strap is extended around the booster seat, and the anchoring pins are mated with the anchoring holes to thereby hold the tray securely in place upon the sides of the booster seat, immediately above the child's lap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Inventor: Susan McMillan
  • Patent number: 6584913
    Abstract: A portable adjustable work station including a base and a substantially planar work platform disposed vertically above the base with a support assembly extending between the base and proximate the work platform for support thereof. The support assembly includes structure for vertically adjusting the vertical spacing of the work platform above the base, and further includes an upper end. There is interposed between the upper end of the support assembly and the work platform structure for interconnecting the upper end of the support assembly to the work platform and defining an axis for rotation of the plane of the work platform in either direction from the horizontal between first and second limits. The work platform is further mounted for lateral translation thereof within its plane, irrespective of the attitude of the work platform with respect to the horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Inventor: William Cloud
  • Patent number: 6571922
    Abstract: A briefcase is described, comprising a case body consisting of a frame (1) made up of a base (2), an upper frontal wall (4) which lies opposite said base (2) and side frontal walls (3) between the base (2) and the upper frontal wall (4), as well as a back wall (5) and a front wall (6) which can be opened. To create advantageous handling characteristics, it is proposed that the front wall (6) of the base body, which rests on the back wall (5), forms an inclined surface which is sloped from the base (2) to the upper frontal wall (4) and has two laterally adjacent cover sections (7, 8) which are mounted in such a way that they can swing open about the edges pointing towards each other and extending in the direction of the height of the front wall (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Inventor: Rudolf Ruhmanseder
  • Patent number: 6568334
    Abstract: A video game stand facilitates utilization of a control mechanism (such as a steering wheel and steering column connected to a controller), making it easier to play the video game, and in some situations making a home video game much like an arcade game. A controller mounting platform has a substantially flat top surface and is supported by a mechanical support frame constructed so that the height of the platform from the floor may be readily adjusted. The video game control mechanism is positioned on the platform by cooperating hook and loop fasteners, an adaptor having a cavity which securely fits a video game control mechanism, and/or an elastic or substantially inelastic belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Inventors: David O. Gaudette, Brendon G. Nunes
  • Patent number: 6560092
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide an information processing equipment which is excellent in the shock resistance, and has a strap and pen storing portion, and has a drip-proof ability. The information processing equipment 1 is constructed by putting a lower case 2 as the base and successively stacking a main board 3, a chassis 4, an LCD 5, a touch panel 6, a packing 7 and an upper case 10 in this order. A battery 11 for driving the equipment is provided and is detachable from the lower portion of the lower case 2. Further, an inverter board 14 for driving the LCD 5, a flexible cable 15 and an inverter cushion 18 is arranged in a position in the upper portion of the chassis 4 and beside a speaker 12. The flexible cable 15 from the main board 3 is connected to the inverter board 14, and a lead wire of the LCD 5 is connected to the inverter board 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryuichi Itou, Makoto Sato, Tatsuo Onodera
  • Patent number: 6553918
    Abstract: A mobile work stand includes a base of a size and shape enabling the base to be positioned between the user's thigh and a seating surface and a top having a flat surface. A connector post extends between the top and base and a bracket disposed on the base is provided for removably attaching a connector post and enabling the connector post to be moved between the position extending upwardly from the base in a position generally parallel with the base. A coupling is provided and disposed between the top and connector post for enabling the top to swivel about the connector post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventor: Mark Jeffery Bieza
  • Patent number: 6529369
    Abstract: A base for a laptop computer. In one embodiment, the base has an upper surface with a keyboard and a lower surface opposite the upper surface. The lower surface may have two depressions extending from a forward edge to a rear edge of the lower surface. The depressions are configured to engage both the upper and side surfaces of the user's legs in a manner that restricts relative motion between the base and the user's legs. In one embodiment, the depressions may have a rough texture and/or a skid-resistant material to further restrict motion of the base relative to the user's legs. In another embodiment, first and second support members may be movably attached to the base to move from a stowed position to an unstowed position for providing more surface area to engage the user's legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Lynne Zarek, Paul T. Parker, John M. Wechkin
  • Patent number: 6520394
    Abstract: A pad for allowing a user to write comfortably and legibly on a leg. The pad includes a plurality of sheets adapted to be written upon, each sheet having a plurality of spaced diagonal writing guide lines extending across a width thereof. A base section is provided with a clip connected thereto for selectively retaining the sheets on the base. A latching mechanism releasably secures the base section to a leg of a user allowing notes to be written between the lines on a top sheet while seated with an arm in a comfortable writing position. The plurality of lines on each sheet extend upward from a left side to a right side to accommodate a right hand person or extend downward from a left side of to a right side to accommodate a left handed person. The lines are preferably inclined at an angle of between substantially twenty five to substantially thirty five degrees. A heading is printed near a top edge of each sheet, the heading being a visual flight rules/instrument flight rules form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Inventor: Christopher Ulibarri