Body Related Patents (Class 108/43)
  • Patent number: 6496360
    Abstract: A portable computer laptop desk is provided when attached to a structure that in turn is supported on web strapping that passes over the upper legs of the operator when in the seated position. The strapping is attached to foldable and telescopable side and center supports for the structure that slide into and fold over the structure forming a package comparable in size to the portable computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael James Cordes, Steven Allen Cordes
  • Patent number: 6491278
    Abstract: A light weight, portable platform for supporting a notebook or laptop type computer elevates the computer monitor to a user friendly height above a supporting table or desk top surface. The platform back, sides and top may be interconnected using hook and loop tape and can be readily assembled and disassembled without the use of tools or separate connecting parts that may be misplaced or lost. The platform stores flat for transport with the principal elements occupying less volume than the compact computer it supports in the assembled mode. The platform comprises a pair of side members, a back member and a top member, with the alternative that the bottom surface of the supported computer may serve as the top member of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Walter Christian Thomsen
  • Publication number: 20020145019
    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: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2001
    Publication date: October 10, 2002
    Inventor: Christopher Ulibarri
  • Publication number: 20020117092
    Abstract: The present invention provides 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 used. The supports are hingedly attached and fold underneath the table to allow for the table to be transported easily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventor: Cynthia J. Zeiders
  • Patent number: 6427607
    Abstract: A self-feeding device is presented which includes a height adjustment mechanism, a cut-out to place the eating hand arm, and a detachable plate support. The device is designed to be easily portable and light-weight, collapsing into a shoe-box-size shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Inventor: Edna H. Palmer
  • Publication number: 20020096091
    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 means 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 means 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: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2001
    Publication date: July 25, 2002
    Inventor: William Cloud
  • Publication number: 20020078862
    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: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Inventor: Mark Jeffery Bieza
  • Patent number: 6374751
    Abstract: A portable and adjustable activity surface for use by a wide variety of individual users and that can accommodate a wide range of different activities thereon. The device has a support pad with a resting surface, a forward surface, a rearward surface and a sloping surface. The device also has a platform that contacts the sloping surface. The height of the platform can be increased by moving the platform up the sloping surface, and the height of the platform can be decreased by moving the platform down the sloping surface. The platform remains in contact with the support pad either by frictional forces or with hook-and-loop fasteners. Methods are also provided for making and using the activity surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Inventor: Jere L. With
  • Patent number: 6364183
    Abstract: A flexible mail carrying device, designed to be carried on the inner forearm between the elbow and hand, which will accommodate a mixed bundle of letter sized and magazine sized mail, as required by the U.S. Postal Service's one-bundle delivery method. The mail carrier includes a firm flexible base unit defining a rectangular back portion, with curved flaps at the full left side and full bottom side, and a movable, rigid, transparent retaining strap for securing the mail bundle. An absorbent washable cover attaches to the outer side of the carrier and can be removed for laundering as desired. The carrier can be used to safely and securely carry mixed bundles of mail, protects the mail pieces from undue body contact and offers a comfortable and hygienic means for a mail carrier to deliver a one-bundle system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Inventor: Tamela R. Barnard
  • Patent number: 6353530
    Abstract: A method for supporting a base of a laptop computer on a user's lap. The base may have a lower surface with two concave depressions that extend from a forward edge to a rear edge of the base. The depressions are spaced apart from one another and configured to receive a user's legs to support the weight of the laptop computer. In one embodiment, the depressions have roughness elements or a skid-resistant material. In another embodiment, support members extending outwardly from the base provide extra support for the base and/or further restrict motion of the base relative to the user's legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Lynne Zarek, Paul T. Parker, John M. Wechkin
  • Patent number: 6349729
    Abstract: A portable nail polish table generally comprises a base portion and a pair of side flaps. The base portion includes nail polish bottle holding wells and a grippable, stabilizing flange. The side flaps are proximate the base portion and are able to present a substantially horizontal work surface area. The stabilizing flange is substantially perpendicular to the horizontal works surface area when presented. Further, upon gripping of the stabilizing flange, e.g., with the knees or legs, the side flaps are maintained in a substantially horizontal orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Pop Up Nails, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer L. J. Meyer, Eric J. Meyer
  • Publication number: 20020002935
    Abstract: A holder for computer related device including a tray attached to a moldable support designed to sit on a person's lap. The tray includes a magnet-adhering surface to hold a computer mouse having magnets attached underneath. A method for preventing a computer mouse from falling off a mouse pad includes attaching at least one magnet to the underside of the mouse, and placing and using the mouse on top of a metallic mouse pad.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2001
    Publication date: January 10, 2002
    Inventors: Chris Lease, William David Young
  • Patent number: 6325206
    Abstract: A painting kit for holding paints and water. The painting kit includes a vessel having a bottom wall. The bottom wall has a top surface. A peripheral wall extends upward from in the bottom wall. A plurality of containers for holding paint is fixedly mounted on the upper surface of the bottom wall. A plurality of lids for covering the containers have shape adapted to fit over the top openings of one of the containers. A bowl for containing water is placed in the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Inventor: Susan Stonex
  • Patent number: 6269948
    Abstract: An article for use with a laptop computing device protects the device during periods of non-use, including transport, while stabilizing the device when positioned on a user's lap. The article provides a base panel having front, rear and two side sections, a lower surface adapted to rest on a user's lap, and an upper surface to receive the bottom surface of the laptop device. The preferred embodiment includes two side panels, each with a storage compartment, which may be dressed over the user's thighs to assist in stabilizing the laptop device during use. Attachment means are preferably provided for securing the side panels to one another across the top surface of the computing device during periods of non-use or transport. Preferably flexible front and rear panels may also be folded over and onto the top surface of the computer in overlapping fashion beneath the secured side panels to create a protective device wrapper in conjunction with surrounding closure means and a carrying handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Inventor: W. Shaun Jackson
  • Patent number: 6234085
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a portable lap-top workstation that is expandable to span the distance of an individual's lap to provide a comfortable, flat surface area designed to accommodate a lap-top computer and a variety of small computer related accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Inventor: Robert J. Ramundo
  • Patent number: 6193118
    Abstract: The organizer of the present invention has (a) a panel, (b) a work surface; and (c) a rim for coupling the work surface to the panel. Preferably, the panel is part of a backpack. The work surface is light permeable and a space exists between the work surface and the panel for placement of a sheet of paper or other object between the work surface and the panel. Static electricity maintains the sheet of paper against the work surface in a removably affixed position. The sheet has indicia thereon which are observable through the work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Jamin, Inc.
    Inventor: Monica Meyer Kearl
  • Patent number: 6187398
    Abstract: The present invention is a mouse pad for use with a computer mouse or tracking device. The mouse pad includes a planar plate including a top surface, adapted for use as a computer mousing surface. It also includes a flexible outer membrane including a bottom; wherein the planar plate is fastened to the flexible outer membrane, such that said outer membrane and planar plate define a cavity. It further includes fluid like fill media received within the cavity for supporting the planar plate such that the membrane bottom is adapted to substantially conform to the contour of an uneven surface it is placed upon, thereby providing a stable base and a usable mousing top surface when placed on uneven surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Inventor: Patrick Eldridge
  • Patent number: 6173656
    Abstract: A portable lap table to be used by small children for travelling in a vehicle. The lap table includes a kidney shaped board surface, a center support structure, and the center support structure being arched and contoured to fit the user's thighs for comfort and stability. The table's top surface may have various recesses for holding crayons, drinks, and the like, a gutter for containing liquid spills, an outer lip to prevent objects from rolling off the surface, and handles for portability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Inventor: David K. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 6170405
    Abstract: A collapsible table which is constructed of a main section which has a substantially planer work surface. The main section is composed of two equally sized parts which are hingedly connected together which permits folding of the main section from a position with the parts in alignment to a position with the parts in juxtaposition. Hingedly connected to each edge of the main section is a leg assembly. Each leg assembly is to be movable, upon actuation of a squeezable handle, from a retracted position alongside of the main section to an extended position substantially transverse to the main section. When in the transverse position, each leg assembly is to be locatable in any one of a plurality of different positions each of which will locate the work surface at a different height from the surface on which the collapsible table is mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Intrigo, Inc.
    Inventors: Maxim Weitzman, Ravi K. Sawhney, Hirotomi Teranishi, Christopher W. Glupker, Juan P. Cilia, Kurt G. Botsai, Nasahn A. Sheppard, John F. Zinni
  • Patent number: 6164213
    Abstract: A work station and storage assembly for supporting a laptop computer above a work surface is provided. The work station and storage assembly comprises a platform having a computer supporting surface with the computer supporting surface being angled relative to the work surface. At least one storage cavity is formed in the platform between the computer supporting surface and the work surface. A mechanism releasably secures the laptop computer to the computer supporting surface of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Inventors: Chris Topps, Vance Topps
  • Patent number: 6152417
    Abstract: A portable easel is provided including a base and a leg assembly including a pair of collapsible legs mounted on the base for supporting the same. Also included is a plate hingably coupled to the base for being selectively angled with respect to the base to support reading and writing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventor: Sarah B. Randall
  • Patent number: 6138966
    Abstract: An adjustable support tray provides a VCR or other electronic device such for setting on the top of a monitor of a television or computer. The TV/monitor support tray for supporting a video cassette recorder on the upper sloped surface of a television or monitor includes a tray base having a generally flat surface and a rim extending around the periphery thereof. It includes a lip projecting downwardly from and extending along at least a portion of a front edge of the tray base. A base support member projects downwardly from the bottom surface of the tray base and includes at least one leg member adjustably engaging the base support member. A nut and screw assembly releasably hods the leg member to the base support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Inventor: Steven A. Smith
  • Patent number: 6131522
    Abstract: A universal space saving flatbed scanner stand that has a scanner platform section and a counterweight platform section which are connected by a hinge that permits the two sections to be at approximately 180 degree angle or 90 degree angle with respect to each other. The flatbed scanner stand permits a desktop to be extended to allow space for a flatbed scanner. The flatbed scanner may be used when the flatbed scanner stand is in the fully extended (180 degree) position. Some scanners may be used when the flatbed scanner stand is in the folded-up (90 degree) position. Alternatively, when the flatbed scanner is not being used, the flatbed scanner stand may be in the folded-up (90 degree) position, in which the flatbed scanner takes-up the space of a sheetfeed scanner. A CPU box, monitor, printer or other sufficiently heavy object may be positioned on the counterweight platform in order to counter the weight of the flatbed scanner on the scanner platform section of the scanner stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Company
    Inventor: Martha A. Chavez
  • Patent number: 6119603
    Abstract: A work surface system provides ergonomic benefits to traditional office environments in a retro fit fashion. The work surface system includes a work surface and a support for supporting the work surface at an angle with respect to horizontal. The work surface provides support for the user's arms while using a keyboard or mouse. The work surface can be smaller than the surface on which the work surface system rests. The angle of the work surface can be adjusted if desired, and the work surface also can be mounted on the support in a pivoting fashion to permit the work surface to be tipped up to permit access to a storage space beneath the work surface if desired. The work surface can include a separately adjustable keyboard support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventor: Edwin P. Lochridge
  • Patent number: 6116165
    Abstract: A tray for use on the lap of a person for supporting a small bet or use in activities such as card games, writing, etc. The lap tray is formed from an elongated, flexible plastic panel formed from a plastic such as high density polyethylene. The lap tray has a flat central portion with two intermediate portions extending from ends of the central portion at approximately 90.degree. to the central portions and two end portions extending from ends of the intermediate portions toward each other, approximately parallel to the central portion. The end portions can be manually spread apart and the tray placed over the thighs with the central portion across the thighs and the other portions around the legs. For storage, the end portions may be folded against the intermediate portions and the resulting assemblies folded against the central portion to form a relatively thin, flat package. If desired, suitable restraints, such as elastic bands, may be used to hold the package in the stored position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Inventor: Yale M. Kadesky
  • Patent number: 6116166
    Abstract: A fully collapsible child's travel tray that fits closely to the child to prevent playthings or food from falling into the child's lap or to the floor of a vehicle in which the child is riding and restrained. The tray includes a bottom member and upstanding side walls, all of which include a rigid member encapsulated by a waterproof membrane. Hinges are formed in the bottom member and the upstanding walls to allow the tray to be collapsed and folded to a relatively small configuration for convenient storage. The tray includes a strap extending from the upstanding walls and sized to extend about the waist of a child and including a fastener to fasten the open ends of the strap about the child's waist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Inventor: Gali Rotstein
  • Patent number: 6101086
    Abstract: A portable computer is provided that has hand grips on both sides of the main body of the computer. The hand grips allow the computer to be carried with two hands when the display screen is in an open position and allow the computer to be carried with one hand when the display screen is in a closed position. Additionally, a rubber bumper may be installed around the hand grips and the side of the main body of the computer to increase the ability of the computer to withstand impacts with foreign object. Furthermore, the computer may be designed with any one of an elliptical prism shape, a circular prism shape, and an oblong prism shape to further reduce the stress experienced by the computer when the computer undergoes an impact with a foreign object.For situations when a user wishes to transport the laptop computer without holding the computer in either hand, a shoulder strap may be fastened to the hand grips to allow the computer to be carried over a shoulder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: SamSung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung-Hoon Kim, Young-Won Kim
  • Patent number: 6095058
    Abstract: A lap mat for overlaying a person's lap includes openings for holding a beverage container and food items. A pocket is located under the openings and resides between the person's legs when the lap mat overlays the person's lap. The pocket provides thermal insulation and containment of the beverage and food items inserted into the openings. The lap mat offers a convenient holder for the person to place a beverage or food item while seated, such as when operating or riding in a vehicle. Also, the lap mat protects the person's lap and clothing from spills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Inventor: Stephen P. Earnhart
  • Patent number: 6062522
    Abstract: A flexible attached lap pad container to minimize user fatigue during manipulation of a computer mouse is disclosed. The flexible attached lap pad container is comprised of five parts: a containment part, a receptacle part, a flexible part, an attachment part, and a pad part. The containment part panels are sized and shaped to enable a comfortable movement of the arms and hands within the containment part to do such things as move a computer mouse, manipulate computer joy sticks, play cards, manipulate toys, cut vegetables, write notes and other work/play activities which can make use of a flat planar surface. The containment part panels are sized and shaped to prevent small items placed within the containment part from falling out of the containment part when not in use. The receptacle part is preferably a rectangular box shape with an open side panel. The top surface of the receptacle part can have a number of slots, holes and openings to hold user items such as pens, pencils, cards, cups, and toys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Inventor: Michael J. Svegliato
  • Patent number: 6061854
    Abstract: An adjustable pillow assembly for supporting objects on a wearer's lap. The height of the pillow assembly is adjusted by inserting different combinations of lap cushions into a cover member as appropriate for a given individual. The lap cushions may be of equal thickness, in which case three lap cushions would provide three different heights of the pillow assembly. As one alternative, a surface contour of an upper surface of the pillow assembly can be contoured by placing one or more elbow cushions within the cover member on top of the uppermost lap cushion. As another alternative, the lap cushions may be provided in different thicknesses, in which case three lap cushions would provide seven different possible heights to the pillow assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Inventor: Sonia S. Crowley
  • Patent number: 6053383
    Abstract: A lifting aid apparatus permits easy stocking of shelves while in use and unimpeded movement by an individual wearing the lifting aid apparatus while not being used. The apparatus includes a support table which moves between an inoperative or closed position and an operative or horizontal position using a biased hinge. With the bias positioning the table in a somewhat vertical position, the table is out of the way when an individual is moving about while donning the apparatus. The table can be pivoted downwardly so that it is generally horizontal and be used to support at least a portion of a container so that contents of the container can be readily accessed by the individual. The individual can position the support table with respect to an adjacent shelf so that another portion of the container can be supported by the shelf wherein the container rests on both the support table and the shelf for easy container emptying, particularly for restocking shelves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Stock-Eze Corporation
    Inventor: James Gunderson
  • Patent number: 6050200
    Abstract: A lap desk (10) is disclosed which has a base (12) which mounts a lid (14) through hinges (16, 18). The base (12), on three sides, defines tray attachment sections (40) for external attachment of one or more trays (38) to carry accessories. The lid (14) has cutout sections (50, 52, 54) which permit the lid to be moved between the open and closed position and used in the closed position with the trays (38) supported on the base (12). The base (12) can be provided with a storage lip (64) which receives the trays within the compartment (32) within the base (12) for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Creative Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick H. Sullins, Robert D. Sullins
  • Patent number: 6050201
    Abstract: The swiveling automotive kneeboard has a base, a writing plate, a memo pad clip, and an elastic strap with hook and loop fastening material. The base has a substantially flat, planar top surface and a concave bottom surface reinforced with ribs. The writing plate is flat and planar on both top and bottom surfaces. The writing plate is pivotally attached to the base so that the writing plate may swivel 360.degree. in a plane parallel to the base. A memo pad clip is attached to the writing plate for holding a pad of memo paper. A hook which pivots 360.degree. about an axis parallel to and concentric with its stem is pivotally attached to the end of the memo pad clip, the hook being used to store the kneeboard on the steering wheel when not in use. The strap is used to secure the kneeboard to the user's thigh. The base includes a hinge so that the width of the base may be adjusted to the size of the user's thigh. The kneeboard is made from a lightweight, thermoplastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Inventors: David K. Blanchard, James W. Blanchard, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6044772
    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 adapter having a cavity which securely fits a video game control mechanism, and/or an elastic or substantially inelastic belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventors: David O. Gaudette, Brendon G. Nunes
  • Patent number: 6041715
    Abstract: A portable activity surface and pillow. The activity surface and pillow may be utilized in various configurations whereby either side of the activity surface may be utilized or the pillow may be used independently. A removable insert provides an alternate surface for one side of the activity surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventors: Joseph M. Jarke, Jan T. Jarke
  • Patent number: 6035789
    Abstract: A mousepad assembly has a stiffened pad upon which a computer mouse can ride, and a stay, in the nature of a releasable strap, that can be wrapped about the upper thigh of the user. As located the mousepad assembly sits in the user's lap. It has a profile that has smoothly rounded comers and a recess for accommodating the torso of the user. The mousepad sits at a skewed angle relative to the user's lap. The mousepad is reversibly mountable in left-handed or right handed configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Inventor: Niv Ben-Haim
  • Patent number: 6036150
    Abstract: A shelf for being positioned on a generally parallelpiped shaped appliance is provided. The appliance has a top surface and first and second side surfaces extending therefrom. The shelf includes a platform on which articles may be placed and a first leg having a first end and a second end. The first end of the first leg is connected to the platform. The second end of the first leg includes one or more interlocking members configured to securely engage one of the surfaces of the appliance. The shelf includes a second leg having a first end and a second end. The first end of the second leg is connected to the platform. The second end of the second leg includes one or more interlocking members configured to securely engage one of the surfaces of the appliance whereby the first and second legs support the platform above the top surface of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Inventor: David Lehrman
  • Patent number: 6032586
    Abstract: An arm resting stand for permitting a user to rest their arms thereon when reading on a toilet. The arm resting stand includes a bin with an open top and a lid substantially covering the open top of the bin. The lid has a resiliently compressible exterior layer. The sides of the bin each comprise a leg panel downwardly depending from the open top of the bin. The sides of the bin each comprise a side panel extending between the leg panels. Each of the side panels has a spaced apart pair of generally semi-circular leg cutouts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Inventor: Juan M. Reyes
  • Patent number: 6032913
    Abstract: A computer mouse support comprising a mouse-supporting pad in a generally rectangular configuration. The pad is formed of an upper component of a semi-rigid foam and constitutes about seventy percent of the thicknesses of the pad with an exposed upper surface adapted to receive a computer mouse and with a lower component of a soft foam secured to the lower surface of the upper component for constituting a resilient surface positionable on a user's lap or leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Inventor: James E. Dawson
  • Patent number: 6029938
    Abstract: A cup holder adapted to be attached to a person's thigh, so that a person's hands may be kept free for other tasks. The cup holder is formed from a material having elastic memory and is comprised of a receptacle member forming a generally cylindrical shell which is open at its top end and closed at its bottom end, and two arcuate arms which extend downwardly therefrom. The receptacle member has a pair of vertical slots formed in the sidewall of the receptacle member running from its top edge to a small distance from its bottom end to allow the receptacle member to flex outwardly to receive a large beverage container and to allow a beverage container having a handle to be placed therein. The arms are formed integrally on the bottom of the receptacle member and they extend downwardly therefrom in spaced relation to each other on opposite sides of the receptacle member so that they may clamp comfortably onto a person's thigh to support the receptacle member vertically thereupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: Thomas A. Fava
  • Patent number: 6019264
    Abstract: A strap on implement support mechanism which includes a belt, a support extending from the belt, and an implement engaged to the support such that the computer implement remains on the support during normal movement as walking, sitting, getting up from the sitting position, bending down, turning around, and twisting around. The implement is preferably a computer implement. A shock absorber is preferably engaged between the belt and the support to minimize jarring to the computer implement when the support comes into contact with an object. The vented belt mechanism includes a relatively wide and cushioned section between the belt and the person to distribute the pressure from wearing the belt over a rather large area of the midsection of the person wearing the strap on support mechanism. The support includes a framework having frame portions extending laterally, vertically, longitudinally, and obliquely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Inventor: Louis Charles Strieber
  • Patent number: 6003446
    Abstract: A portable work surface having a leg contoured tray 10 for being placed and used in the lap of an individual 11 for positioning a keyboard console 12 thereon and having a raised padded front portion 28 whereupon the wrists of the user 11 rest while typing. The laptop tray 10 has a recessed and retractable sideboard 14 held in place by clips 16 for placement and manipulation of a mouse 22. An additional embodiment discloses the lap tray 10 having a padded bottom 34.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Inventor: Marc Leibowitz
  • Patent number: 5988469
    Abstract: A holder for retaining an item, particularly a turkey call, other game call, clipboard, pad or the like on the limb of a user while leaving his or her hands free. The holder includes a base having a hollow center. Rubber feet are arranged about the hollow center to support the item. The item is held against the rubber feet by an elastic band. A nylon web strap, provided with a snap buckle, is used to secure the holder to the user's limb. A belt attached tether may be provided to assist in retaining the holder on a limb (e.g., the thigh) of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Muzzy Products Corporation
    Inventor: John Musacchia
  • Patent number: 5979337
    Abstract: A portable writing desk which includes a light which can be positioned below the writing surface for illuminating tracing materials or can be positioned above the writing surface for illuminating reading, writing or drawing activities. A portable desk has a removable drawer with a writing surface on the removable drawer. A portable desk also includes a removable board, which has a third writing surface. A cushion is attached which allows for comfortable placement of the writing desk on a person's lap while in a seated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventors: Jlyn Clark, Donna Koussa
  • Patent number: 5971148
    Abstract: An article for use with a laptop computing device protects the device during periods of non-use, including transport, while stabilizing the device when positioned on a user's lap. The article provides a base panel having front, rear and two side sections, a lower surface adapted to rest on a user's lap, and an upper surface to receive the bottom surface of the laptop device. The preferred embodiment includes two side panels, each with a storage compartment, which may be dressed over the user's thighs to assist in stabilizing the laptop device during use. Attachment means are preferably provided for securing the side panels to one another across the top surface of the computing device during periods of non-use or transport. Preferably flexible front and rear panels may also be folded over and onto the top surface of the computer in overlapping fashion beneath the secured side panels to create a protective device wrapper in conjunction with surrounding closure means and a carrying handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: W. Shaun Jackson
  • Patent number: 5964161
    Abstract: An expandable tray that includes a sheet having a first edge, a second edge opposite the first edge, a first end, and a second end opposite the first end, the ends being substantially transverse to the edges. The sheet includes a plurality of oppositely folded portions disposed between the first end and the second end forming a plurality of folds extending from the first edge to the second edge, a first securement device for securing the folds in a stacked configuration near the first edge, and a second securement device for securing the folds in a stacked configuration near the second edge. The portion of the folds extending between the secured ends is movable to an expanded position to form a container defining a volume. The disclosure also features a method for protecting a surface using the expandable tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Inventor: Kay Christine Conway
  • Patent number: 5937765
    Abstract: A leg-worn support assembly for a laptop computer. There is a substantially planar, rigid platform for attachment to the computer, and first and second tensioned leg straps which depend from the edges of the platform for extending around the user's leg. A pad is mounted on the lower surface of the platform and has a channel area therein for engaging the upper edge of the leg. Non-slip surfaces are formed on both the leg straps and the channel area for frictionally engaging the leg so as to provide a stable work platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Rach, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher M. Stirling
  • Patent number: 5927210
    Abstract: A computer keyboard holding device, designed to keep the keyboard on the computer operator's lap comprising: A leg strap encircling one leg and adjustably fixed above the knee of the computer operator. A holding mechanism consisting of one clip to hook the bottom of the keyboard and a second clip to hook the top of the keyboard. The two clips are mounted in an opposing fashion on elastic. The keyboard holding mechanism, which is attached to the leg strap, lies on the top portion of the operator's leg. The two opposing clips hold the keyboard gaining a small mechanical advantage from the elastic as it stretches. It is an ergonomic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: The Big H Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas G. Hacker
  • Patent number: 5911397
    Abstract: A work pad for supporting an input device of a computer comprises a flat upper working surface for supporting a computer input device, said flat upper working surface being completely planar, and a flat bottom surface on a reverse side of the working surface. Protrusions are provided on the bottom surface, with the protrusions being permanently attached to the bottom surface for supporting the work pad on a supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignee: Top-Cousins Oy
    Inventors: Tapani Jokinen, Hanna Vuolteenaho
  • Patent number: RE37239
    Abstract: A fast food lap tray is provided which is particularly suitable for use in an automobile to support and secure fast foods and their containers. The food lap tray includes a pair of pliant leg straps whose lengths are sufficient only to be individually secured beneath the legs of the user. As such, the lap tray is adapted to be positively secured to the lap of the user, yet will not cause discomfort to the user or bind or excessively restrain the legs of the user during use. In particular, the lap tray enables rapid positioning on the lap of the user, as well as rapid removal from the lap of the user. Furthermore, the lap tray does not rely on the vehicle restraint system of the automobile, such as a lap belt, and will not hinder the user from rapidly exiting an automobile if immediate escape is necessary. The lap tray is also configured to maximize its stability on the lap of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Inventor: Seth G. Eisenberg