Body Related Patents (Class 108/43)
  • Patent number: 5909922
    Abstract: A resting surface attachable to a chair arm for supporting a computer peripheral is provided including a top resting plate and at least a pair of legs coupled to the top resting plate. Further provided is a clamping assembly for clamping the legs to the chair arm such that a computer peripheral may be situated on the top resting plate during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1999
    Inventor: John E. Dugas
  • Patent number: 5893540
    Abstract: A keyboard saddle which sits on a user's legs while the user is using a keyboard, and which comfortably and reliably holds the keyboard in place while it is being used. The keyboard saddle includes a pillow-like container formed of a material that is essentially non-slippery when placed on the user's legs or clothing and which is filled with a stuffing material which has sufficient weight to cause the pillow-like container to assume a weighted, malleable character so that it will conform to the user's legs when placed thereon. Hook and loop fasteners are secured directly to the top of the pillow-like container so that the keyboard can be selectively and easily attached or detached therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Assignee: WebTV Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Elizabeth K. Scott
  • Patent number: 5871094
    Abstract: A laptop computer case and stand (10) comprising a base (12) having a compartment (14) for holding a laptop computer (16) therein. A lid (18) is hinged at (20) to the base (12). A facility (22) along a rear edge of the lid (18) is for engaging an upper surface of a pair of legs (24) of a person (26) sitting in a chair (28), when the lid (18) is opened. A component (30) on the lid (18) is for transporting the base (12) and the lid (18) by the person (26), when the lid (18) is closed, so as to be conveyed to various locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Inventor: Marc Leibowitz
  • Patent number: 5862933
    Abstract: A new portable lap tray for securing to a user's thighs for use inside of a vehicle. The inventive device includes a tray portion having a generally rectangular configuration. The tray portion includes an upper surface and a lower surface. The upper surface has a circular recess formed therein. The tray portion is defined by a long forward edge, a long rearward edge and opposed short side edges. The long forward edge curves inwardly at a central extent thereof. The long rearward edge and the opposed short side edges have a continuous upwardly extending peripheral ridge. The tray is securable to the thighs of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Inventor: Boyd A. Neville
  • Patent number: 5850956
    Abstract: An improved tray apparatus, which includes a single, flat, opaque surface having a border there around with the border accommodating a member positioned on the surface for dividing the surface into at least two or four compartments. The opaque surface would allow light to be transmitted through the surface when the tray was placed upon a lighted table or the like, so that food could be easily identified by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Inventor: William C. Hayward, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5829627
    Abstract: A portable food serving device for young children which comprises a tubular member of flexible material in a generally U-shape having spaced apart legs and a back portion joining the leg portions with a flexible sheet attached to the bottoms of said leg and back portions which defines a food receiving portion. The tubular member is inflatable and deflatable by means of a valve member. Attachment members are provided on the bottom of the device for attachment to a table surface. When defated the device may be folded and placed in a pouch for portability or storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Loren E. Watrous
    Inventor: Richard E. Martindale
  • Patent number: 5829729
    Abstract: A collapsible stand (1) for a book has, when erected for use, an upper member (7) that provides a support surface for a book, first and second side wall members (8) that are hingedly connected to the upper member (7), and front and rear wall members (10,11), that are hingedly connected to the side wall members (8). The upper member (7) and the front and rear wall members (10,11) are each foldable laterally about substantially the center line of the stand (1). The arrangement is such that folding the upper member (7) upwards from the erected position causes the first and second side wall members (8) to collapse towards one another and the front and rear wall members (10,11) to fold inwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Inventors: Stuart Macdonald Welch, Ralph Selby
  • Patent number: 5810220
    Abstract: A forearm postal tray is an aid for the sorting and delivery of articles of mail and the like and comprises an arch braced member for setting on a user's forearm by a securing strap. A tray plate is rotatably and selectively connected to the arched brace member by a screw. The tray plate has an end wall along a portion of its length and a side wall along a portion of its width, such that articles of mail may be set upon the tray plate without being displaced therefrom and without requiring the user to hand hold the same in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Inventor: Robert Petersen
  • Patent number: 5788575
    Abstract: A portable auxiliary table top for adaptation to a conventional horizontal-topped desk or table. A work surface member is hinged to an elongated support member along a common edge region. A semicircular locking member is pivotally engaged to the support member for securing a substantially perpendicular relationship therebetween to achieve a tilted work surface. The locking member may be released so that the support and work surface members are substantially parallel for easy transport. A handle and contacting pads of adhesive composition are fixed to the support and work surface members to assist during transport of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Inventor: Alfred Fluster
  • Patent number: 5765790
    Abstract: The invention is meant to be used on the thigh above the knee. The innovative idea is a concave bottom (FIG. 2 a), which corresponds to the shape of the thigh and a flat surface (FIG. 2 b). Thus, the upper limb can rest on the thigh. In addition, the wrist is more solidly placed in this work position. The upper limb stays better in its position. There is no need to make an unnecessary movement with it or flex it. The upper limb acts as a weight to the ergonomic mouse pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: Top-Cousins Oy
    Inventor: Jaakko Kuldvere
  • Patent number: 5762250
    Abstract: A convertible carrying case and work platform for small electronic devices, particularly notebook computers, which is adapted to be used as a carrying case for the electronic device as well as a work platform. The carrying case has a case structure which holds the electronic device and a flexible top cover portion capable of forming a rolled portion that elevates the case structure when the case is supported in the wearer's lap and used when the wearer is sitting. The top cover, or a releasable bottom piece, may be rolled to form a rolled portion for use as an elevating device in sitting work platform position. A strap arrangement for the case permits a wearer to support the case over his shoulder to transport the device, or to position the case in a generally horizontal position in front of and against the abdominal area of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Truckin' Movers Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas David Carlton, Sherry McLean McQuage
  • Patent number: 5732910
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a computer keyboard or laptop computer on the lap of the user is generally comprised of a top member, medial member, and lower member assembled in vertically stacked relationship. The top member includes an upper surface for supporting a computer keyboard or laptop computer. A raised ledge adjacent to the upper surface includes a pair of resilient pads to engage the wrists of the user in supporting relationship. An interior cavity extends laterally below the upper support surface to receive a drawer which may be withdrawn slidably from either end of the cavity. The drawer is formed in bilateral sections, one supporting a mouse pad, the other storing floppy disks. A removable copy stand may be erected by engaging a pair of holes formed in each bilateral portion of the drawer. The lower member is provided with a wedge form tapering from the distal edge to the proximal edge, with a pair of shallow troughs formed in the bottom surface to accommodate the legs of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Inventor: Mary L. Martin
  • Patent number: 5713548
    Abstract: A securement device provides for efficient, releasable attachment of an electronic device or other article to the human body, such as on the lap or at any other appropriate anchor point. The securement device, which prevents the electronic device from slipping or dropping, features an encircling strap and coacting strips of hook-and-loop fastener material. Through the hook-and-loop strips, the strap secures itself around a limb or limbs or other appropriate anchor point while also holding the device. A first variation enables the user to secure one or more articles such as a laptop computer on the lap using a non-elastic strap which encircles both legs at the thighs. A second variation enables the user to secure a smaller device such as a palmtop computer or cellular telephone to a single thigh or to an arm. This version can make use of an elastic strap of generally greater width and shorter length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Inventors: Gregory B. Boyer, Gaylord B. Boyer
  • Patent number: 5701041
    Abstract: A weight supporting apparatus supports the weight of a structure required to have very high surface precision, without affecting the surface precision of the structure. The weight support apparatus includes a driving unit for moving a driven body in the direction of gravity with respect to a base, and a supporting unit for supporting the weight of the driven body at a position after being driven, wherein the driving unit and supporting unit are so arranged that the drive force of the driving unit and the support force of the supporting unit are on the same axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1997
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kotaro Akutsu, Eiji Osanai, Shigeto Kamata
  • Patent number: 5692815
    Abstract: A mouse pad and item holder having a top surface with a mouse tracking surface, that may be a textured surface or a separate mouse pad held in a recessed area, is supported by a shaped base having a number of openings formed between a bottom surface of the base and the top surface of the holder to allow various items to be inserted into and removed from drawers, dispensers, trays and the like, movably held in the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Inventor: Kevin M. Murphy
  • Patent number: 5687422
    Abstract: A knee guard (10) is a substantially elongated rectangular foam member (14) that has a protuberance disposed thereon. That protuberance is formed as a matter of convenience into a V-shape (16). Knee guard (10) has an elongated flexible sheet foldable across its width and covering elongated foam member (14) and V-shaped protuberance (16a and 16b). The sheet (18) has perimeter edges sewn together thereby securing foam member (14) within the folded sheet. A strap (20) is connectively disposed onto sheet (18) thereby retaining knee guard (10) about the knee of an intended user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Inventors: Patrick E. Wurst, Samuel S. Klement
  • Patent number: 5680973
    Abstract: A portable lap desk and activity station is provided for use by a small child, middle aged children and even adults. The lap desk includes a front side wall, a rear side wall and edge walls extending therebetween which define a main compartment. The front side wall is substantially planar and rigid for use as a work or writing surface by the child. The rear side wall is flexible and padded for comfortably resting on the lap of a child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Assignee: Manco, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian A. Vulpitta, Diane L. Walsh, John R. Nottingham, Jeffrey Plantz, Patrick J. Coyne
  • Patent number: 5649654
    Abstract: A tray member having an upper surface which is partitioned into a plurality of container portions each of the portions containing a particular food item therein, and other container portions for supporting a circular item such as a cup for drink; a bib portion extending at an angle from the rear edge of the tray, upward, the bib portion of sufficient length to extend from the tray upward, to the upper torso of the person; a pair of shoulder attachments secured to the bib portion, the shoulder attachments each including an upper arcuate arm member which would fit onto the shoulders of the wearer, the shoulder portions being adjustable vertically in order to compensate for the size of the wearer; and a rear extender portion likewise movable in a horizontal manner, the extender portion secured to the side of the tray, and adjustable rearwardly in order to rest against the torso of the wearer, and maintain the tray portion positioned outward from the user, the adjustable shoulder portions and rearward extender po
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Inventor: William C. Hayward, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5642674
    Abstract: A portable eating table is provided for securement to a user's neck whereupon the portable eating table is pendent therefrom and can support and hold articles, such as food and beverage items and eating utensils, thereon so that the user's hands are free for other purposes, and includes a foldable main body member comprising a first article supporting portion which rests against the user's chest and a second article supporting portion attached to the first article supporting portion and which can pivot to or away from the first article supporting portion. In order to provide rigidity and stability to the first and second article supporting portions, flat insert members are insertable into respective insert pocket members of the first and second article supporting portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Assignee: Fredlane Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Freddie W. Joye, Sr., Lane I. Spector
  • Patent number: 5623869
    Abstract: The present invention provides lap table for a portable computer. The lap table comprises a supple main body that has a top surface joined to a bottom surface and a sealed hollow interior for containing a filling material to give the main body a degree of rigidity sufficient to support the portable computer thereon. The filling material may be either an inflating gas or styrofoam beads. The lap table also includes a securing wall integral with the top surface that is configured to receive a footprint of the portable computer and exert a positive securing force against the portable computer, to thereby secure the portable computer to the top surface when the hollow interior is filled with the filling material. The securing wall may comprise four spaced-apart opposing right angled projections, the projections spaced to receive four opposing bottom corners of the portable computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Assignee: Dell Computer Corporation
    Inventors: David L. Moss, Erica J. Scholder
  • Patent number: 5615817
    Abstract: A kneeboard is providing having an extending ear to support a hand-held avionics instrument conveniently astride the working surface of the kneeboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Assignee: Sportsman's Market, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold Shevers, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5611098
    Abstract: A students portfolio type organizer is convertable to form a seat cushion, a lap desk or a rain hat and includes a hinged cover having inner and outer layers of waterproof sheet material defining between them first and second pockets joined by an elongate gusset hinge. Board members and pads of cushioning are retained in respective pockets providing a firm, outer writing supporting surface and a soft, inner cushioning surface. Inside compartments or pockets are provided for the receipt of writing materials. A strap member can be releasably attached at alternative locations as a carrying strap or as a chin strap retaining the cover in partly open position with the inner, cushioned layer engaging a top of a user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Inventor: John Skibik
  • Patent number: 5607091
    Abstract: A universal holder for retaining various configurations of game calls affixed to a limb of a hunter includes a platform provided with a circular aperture within which similarly configured game calls may be nested. The game call is retained in this manner by an elastic member having no less than one stretch bridging the aperture and when thus retained, its bottom sound emanating surface is maintained in a position elevated from a user's limb by legs depending from the platform. An adjustable, flexible body attaching member serves to secure the retained game call relative the user's limb. Non-circular or elongated box-type game calls are retained atop the platform by the same elastic member but wherein the stretch is passed beneath the platform with a portion thereof displaced upwardly through the aperture to releasably engage a catch element on the game call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Inventor: John Musacchia
  • Patent number: 5598786
    Abstract: A portable laptop table which is readily selectively adjustable in the height of the table over the user's lap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Inventor: Lawrence W. Patterson
  • Patent number: 5590939
    Abstract: Disclosed is a reconfigurable space frame cabinet for mounting to a vehicle and a method of assembly therefor. The reconfigurable space frame cabinet includes four elongated corner members having two parallel extending grooves on a first side and a plurality of mounting holes on a second side for adjustably mounting various hardware fittings. First and second channel members having first and second channels, respectively, are mounted substantially perpendicular to the four elongated corner member. First and second side panels are positioned within the first and second channels adjacent to the elongated corner members. Four trim covers, each having two parallel extending fingers are used for removably engaging the two parallel extending grooves in the elongated corner members. A top assembly having various recessed features is mounted substantially perpendicular to each elongated corner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Assignee: ASC Incorporated
    Inventor: David P. Piontek
  • Patent number: 5581833
    Abstract: According to the invention, a support pillow has a shape and construction that makes the support pillow particularly useful in situations in which it is necessary or desirable to have a support surface near the body of a user. The support pillow can be securely attached to the body to, for example, aid in supporting a baby during feeding, provide support of the elbows, forearms and wrists while reading or using a keyboard, or provide support for the forearms or external objects while engaging in an activity such as watching television or eating. The support pillow cushions and supports the back, and helps to hold the back in an orthopedically correct position. The support pillow also relieves muscle stress associated with holding a baby or other object by enabling the baby or object to be supported by the pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Inventor: Andrew R. Zenoff
  • Patent number: 5580132
    Abstract: An inflatable serving tray that is convertible into a booster seat. The device consists of a predefined surface area that allows for securement of a serving plate and beverage in such a manner so as to avoid spillage during consumption. Should spillage occur, a recess is provided so as to contain the spillage and direct it to the beverage holder where it can be easily removed. In addition, when the serving tray is not in use, the device may be used as a booster seat so as to raise the child to approximate the level of an average adult while seating. As a booster seat a recessed section operates to position the child correctly so as to help prevent the child from accidentally falling off the booster seat as well as contain liquids such as excess water from a child's swimming suit. A slot is provided for placement of napkins or eating utensils. Through hole chambers reduce the amount of air required for inflation and eliminate the pillowing of an inflatable device by providing internal surface support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Inventor: Thomas E. Rediske
  • Patent number: 5520119
    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 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Inventor: Seth G. Eisenberg
  • Patent number: 5513576
    Abstract: A self adjusting lap table includes a strap to maintain the table in a coiled position when not in use. When used the storage strap is released and the lap table is uncoiled and placed on the users lap. When the table is placed on the users lap it tends to return to the coiled position causing the table edges to grip the users legs. Openings in the table top provide locations to insert drinking cups or other items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1996
    Inventor: Thomas A. Ward
  • Patent number: 5509844
    Abstract: The present invention comprises legless storage and play table for use by children, comprising a first member operatively arranged to form a first side of the table, the first member having a trough-like section extending outwardly with respect to the table; a second member operatively arranged to form a second side of the table in parallel spaced relationship to the first side, the second member having a trough-like section extending outwardly with respect to the table; a third member operatively arranged to form a third side of the table positioned perpendicularly to the first and second sides, the third member having a trough-like section extending outwardly with respect to the table; a fourth member operatively arranged to form a fourth side of the table in parallel spaced relationship to the third side, the fourth member having a trough-like section extending outwardly with respect to the table; fasteners connecting the four members together to form a rectangularly shaped table, wherein the fasteners com
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Inventors: Michael Poirier, Mariann Poirier, Evan Poirier, Jordan Poirier
  • Patent number: 5465671
    Abstract: A height-adjustable, free standing tray stand having a tray-supporting surface with a cut-out section in the forward edge of the surface. Not only is it adjustable in height, it is readily set for an individual waiter's comfort during use. The tray top, when viewed from above, is "U" or horseshoe shaped and defines a forward facing opening that allows a waiter to approach the stand with a loaded tray carried from about waist to shoulder height. In use, the waiter simply moves the loaded tray over the top of the U-shaped opening which allows his arm to move between the forward facing arms of the horseshoe and lower the loaded tray until it firmly rests securely on the upper surface on top of the tray stand. The waiter may then lower his wrist, hand and arm and conveniently remove them from beneath the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Inventor: Nelson J. Genest
  • Patent number: 5460102
    Abstract: A portable work and play station particularly suited for a child traveling in an automobile or airplane is disclosed. A planar work surface is provided to which a clip for holding a workpiece in place is attached. The work surface is supported by a deformable support bag, preferably filled with particulate materials so as to rest on a child's legs while in use. Covered rectangular storage wells for writing instruments are provided and circular wells for drinks are included. An interior storage volume is provided for paper and other apparatus as well as a book holding device. Single piece and two piece folding configurations are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1995
    Inventor: Victoria I. Pasmanick
  • Patent number: 5429057
    Abstract: A tray for mounting on the torso of a wearer which includes a tray surface capable of holding objects and a three-point support system employing an anchor tab and two side buttress panels. The tray surface may contain holes for beverage containers, eating utensils napkins or the like. The tray is formed from a relatively rigid sheet of material such as corrugated cardboard or the like and may be printed with indicia such as advertisements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Inventor: John C. Buescher
  • Patent number: 5421499
    Abstract: A portable table includes a frame that is worn by various size users while standing or sitting and can be used where free-standing tables are impractical for writing, eating and other purposes. Two hooks that telescope longitudinally from the main frame fit over the user's shoulders. A table is affixed rotatingly at a bottom side to the main frame and rotatingly and removably at a top side to a slider which is slidably affixed to the main frame. Moving the slider upward thereby rotates the table surface toward the main frame for storage while moving the slider downward rotates the table surface essentially perpendicular to the main frame for use. The slider can further be locked into place using convention means. In addition, a support bar is affixed rotatingly to the bottom of the main frame and can be rotated toward and affixed to the table in a conventional manner while the table is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Inventor: Alan C. Bauer
  • Patent number: 5410922
    Abstract: A locating table apparatus according to the present invention is provided with a housing, a base member fixed in the housing, a table mounted so as to freely move in a longitudinal direction, driving members located on the base member for supporting and driving the table, and a plurality of electrostatic dust absorbing members arranged at predetermined positions in the housing via respective electrical insulative members, wherein the electrostatic dust absorbing members provide a parallel plate-shaped condenser. Further, the locating table apparatus may provide a dust counter for monitoring the dust density at predetermined positions outside the housing, a device for operating the electrostatic dust absorbing members when the monitored dust density exceeds a warning level, and a device for forcing the motor to stop in response to a level of a signal detected by the dust counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Assignee: NSK Ltd.
    Inventor: Masayuki Katahira
  • Patent number: 5408938
    Abstract: A height-adjustable, free standing tray stand having a tray-supporting surface with a cut-out section in the forward edge of the surface. Not only is it adjustable in height, it is readily set for an individual waiter's comfort during use.The tray top, when viewed from above, is "U" or horseshoe shaped and defines a forward facing opening that allows a waiter to approach the stand with a loaded tray carried from about waist to shoulder height. In use, the waiter simply moves the loaded tray over the top of the U-shaped opening which allows his arm to move between the forward facing arms of the horseshoe and lower the loaded tray until it firmly rests securely on the upper surface on top of the tray stand. The waiter may then lower his wrist, hand and arm and conveniently remove them from beneath the tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Inventor: Nelson J. Genest
  • Patent number: 5388530
    Abstract: A lap top desk includes a pair of stacked and spaced apart plate-like members which both provide respective work surfaces to a user of the desk, and which are both pivotally and translatably connected so that the user may refer to a portion of the lower member while also keeping all of the upper work surface in sight. Alternatively, the user may choose to pivot the upper member work surface out of sight in order to completely reveal the work surface of the lower member. A dual function strap is provided which when sat upon by the user keeps the desk on the lap, and which also secures the desk in a storage or transportation condition. A flexible arrangement of clamps, and open spaces on the work surfaces allows a user to arrange desk top contents in a variety of utilitarian ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Inventor: Frederick B. Jacobus
  • Patent number: 5381717
    Abstract: A table including a top wall having a foam cushion insert extending from a first end of the table to a second end of the table in a spaced relationship, such that a handle is directed through the table, with a foam cushion block mounted between the handle extending onto the insert to position a string instrument neck thereon. Securement strap structure is provided to secure the instrument onto the table during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Inventor: Gary L. Brokaw
  • Patent number: 5355811
    Abstract: The adjustable leg supported mouse pad designed to enable a user to use a mouse input device directly over his or her upper leg or thigh while sitting. The leg supported mouse pad includes a saddle structure capable of engaging the user's thigh and horizontally aligning a planar mouse pad attached thereto over the user's thigh. The saddle structure includes a rectangular shaped flexible panel with two five-sided support members attached to the top surface thereon on opposite sides of the flexible panel's transverse axis. When the flexible panel is disposed transversely over the user's upper leg while sitting, the support members are repositioned so that their medial planar surfaces are oriented in a substantially horizontal position. The support members are spaced apart on the flexible panel so that a mouse pad maybe supported on two support member's medial planar surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Inventor: Brian H. Brewer
  • Patent number: 5328070
    Abstract: An article supporting device includes a tray for receiving articles to be supported by the device, an arm having one end secured to one side of the tray and extending longitudinally of the tray at the one side thereof; and a crossbar connected at one end to the opposite end of the arm. The crossbar extends substantially perpendicularly to the arm across the width of the tray with the opposite end of the crossbar spaced from the opposite side of the tray to define a space for the application of the device to the body of a person, thereby enabling the person to support the tray by the person's body alone and without the use of the person's hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1994
    Inventor: Dan Lavi
  • Patent number: 5295742
    Abstract: A container with a padded base and a hinged flat top shelf contains a compartment former therein. The compartment former has divider system for providing adjustable compartments suitable for holding a variety of handicraft materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Inventor: Carol A. Knutson
  • Patent number: 5285940
    Abstract: A food tray (40) is pivotally attached on one side (42) to a vertical breast portion (24), which in turn is pivotally attached at it's top end by a bolt and wingnut (22) to a neck hook (29), for hanging the unit on the user's neck. A drinking cup ring (50) is pivotally attached to the center of breast portion (24), for supporting a drinking cup. Two oppositly pivoting arms (30) open outwardly at the top end of breast portion (24) to support a napkin (36) between breast plate (24) and the user, to protect user's clothing. The unit folds up by swiveling arms (30) inwardly, swiveling neck hook (20) downward,, cup ring (50) upward, and breast portion downward into food tray (40). The unit will pack into box 12" .times.10".times.3" deep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1994
    Inventor: Victor H. Goulter
  • Patent number: 5279488
    Abstract: An adjustable workstation for vehicles includes a mounting bracket, an upstanding support arm extending upward from the support bracket, and a planar working surface coupled to the support arm. The workstation includes a hinge means interconnecting the mounting bracket and the support arm, an extension means within the support arm for adjusting the height of the support arm, and a pivot means interconnecting the support arm and the working surface for positioning the working surface in a desired orientation. The hinge means, extension means, and pivot means form a combined adjustment means which allows the workstation to be readily adjusted so that the working surface is positioned in a desired location and orientation. The mounting bracket and the combined adjustment means also allow the workstation to be installed into and removed from a vehicle, and allows the workstation to be collapsed into a compact, transportable configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1994
    Inventor: James Fleming
  • Patent number: 5263423
    Abstract: A securement device for releasable attachment of a laptop computer or other article to a user's leg includes a table member and a pair of in-folding leg members, one each of which is attached for hinged movement relative to a corresponding side edge portion of the table member. Elastic webbing interconnects the free end portion of each leg member to a central portion on the underside of the table member. The securement device is centered on a user's leg and a pair of coacting straps are used to snugly encircle the user's leg to prevent pivotal movement of the securement device relative thereto and the leg members brace the table member to prevent displacement thereof as a result of ordinary unbalanced imposed forces. Elastic straps are provided whereby an article such as a laptop computer may be releasably attached to the supporting surface of the table member. The securement device allows a user of a laptop computer to stand and walk a few steps without displacing the laptop computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1993
    Inventor: Rolf Anderson
  • Patent number: 5255612
    Abstract: A securement device for releasable attachment of a lapboard to a user's leg includes a table member and a pair of in-folding leg members, one each of which is attached for hinged movement relative to a corresponding side edge portion of the table member. Elastic webbing interconnects the free end portion of each leg member to a central portion on the underside of the table member. The securement device is centered on a user's leg with the leg members bracing the table member to prevent displacement thereof as a result of ordinary unbalanced imposed forces. When removed from a user's leg, the securement device folds to a compact storage position flush with the table member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Inventor: Rolf Anderson
  • Patent number: 5254007
    Abstract: A baby entertainment and learning apparatus for highchairs including a removable tray having in its top surface a series of pressure sensitive microswitches. A series of interchangeable tray top panels, each presenting a series of depressible picture blocks, may be selectively placed on the highchair tray for overlaying and activating the microswitches of the tray. Each tray top panel has a panel identity device. Circuitry components are mounted to the underside of the tray and include: an integrated circuit microchip within which is stored voice, sound and musical information; a low voltage battery power source; an audio speaker; and panel switches corresponding in number to the series of tray top panels and each positioned to interact with a single panel identity device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Inventor: Chris S. Eagan
  • Patent number: 5221032
    Abstract: A holder tray assembly for mounting on a torso of a wearer includes a tray capable of supporting objects and a pair of laterally-spaced apart support rods. Each rod has a pair of vertical and horizontal leg portions, the vertical leg portions for resting against the front torso area of a wearer, the horizontal leg portions projecting outwardly from the vertical leg portions and supporting the tray in a substantially horizontal plane and forwardly of a front side of the wearer's torso. The holder tray assembly also has a transverse support member extending between and attached to the vertical leg portions of the rods and a flexible member for encircling a back side of the wearer's torso and being attached at one end to the transverse support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1993
    Inventors: Glenn R. Bott, Michael J. Dillon
  • Patent number: 5186375
    Abstract: A body supported combination holder and writing surface for use with hand held computers used in the field of utility meter reading provides for the retention of such a computer within a channel of the holder. The computer is retained within the channel by channel extensions which extend slightly over the edges of the computer, and by retaining clips within the bottom of the channel. The keyboard of the computer is fully accessible through the open upper side of the channel, and the writing surface is essentially coplanar with the keyboard of the computer when such a computer is installed within the holder. The membrane keyboard typical of such computers permits the writing surface to extend across the relatively narrow face of the computer in order to provide a larger writing surface area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1993
    Inventor: Byron J. Plonk
  • Patent number: 5176274
    Abstract: A leg supported tray and more specifically, a combination serving tray, book holder and game board that is supported from the legs of the person using the tray with the tray including an upstanding peripheral edge to retain articles on the tray and a pair of downwardly opening, generally semicircular leg engaging support members connected to the tray by a pivotal connection which can be locked in adjustable angular position. In a modified form of the invention, the leg engaging support members are each provided with a leg encircling strap that is adjustable in length by utilizing hook and loop pile fastening devices available under the trademark "VELCRO".
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Inventor: James H. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 5171037
    Abstract: A fender guard associated with and protecting the fenders mounted on a utility type trailer or similar vehicle. The fender guard includes a plurality of generally parallel, laterally spaced rails or frame members that overlie the upper surface of a fender with downwardly and outwardly inclined end portions forming a continuation of the rails or frame members having an attaching bracket at the lower end thereof for mounting on the trailer frame or other rigid component of the trailer. The rails or frame members which overlie the fender are also connected to the fender to provide protection for the fender from heavy objects coming into contact with the fender and also provides a surface on which a person can stand when performing various functions associated with loading and unloading a trailer. The fender guard saves the fenders from damage due to individuals standing on the fenders or hitting the fenders with various loads, equipment and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Inventors: Clinton K. Thompson, Bart A. Baker