For A Human Being Patents (Class 119/770)
  • Patent number: 10390519
    Abstract: An animal restraint device includes an elongated member with an interior surface, an exterior surface, a posterior length, and a remaining length. A first connector is at a first end and a third connector is positioned at the second end of the elongated member. A second connector is positioned at a first distance from the first end. A fourth connector is positioned at a second distance from the second end. The fourth connector can be releasably attached to the third connector. A collar loop is formed from the posterior length through attachment of the first connector to the second connector. The elongated member is configurable in a storage configuration in which concentric loops are wrapped around the collar loop in a single rotational direction and affixed to the collar loop or a concentric loop and the second end is connected to the exterior surface of an outer-most concentric loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Tim Farrar
  • Patent number: 10362767
    Abstract: A safety leash comprises a wrist mount body, a cord supported by the wrist mount body, a biased engaged brake for braking the cord, and a brake release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Ian Blaylock
  • Patent number: 10226030
    Abstract: A collar with a cinch strap that can be at least partially pulled away from the collar's main strap, such that the cinch strap can be pulled for a distance before pulling or tightening forces are applied to an animal's neck through the main strap. The collar also has a band under the main strap that is wider than the main strap, such that any pulling or tightening forces applied to the main strap are dispersed over a wider area than the main strap to minimize discomfort in an animal wearing the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Inventor: Christine Durrant
  • Patent number: 10118057
    Abstract: The present system for fall restraint includes a mounting frame connected to a trigger mechanism and firing blocks, with a trigger cable extending through apertures in the mounting frame and trigger mechanism. Sudden movement by a user, such as a fall, actuates the trigger mechanism to trigger the firing blocks. The firing blocks are loaded with anchors and firing cartridges. Triggering the firing blocks causes the cartridges to fire, propelling the anchors into an anchoring surface, such as a roof. Because the user is connected to the trigger cable, once the anchors deploy the user is anchored to the roof and their fall arrested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Auburn University
    Inventors: David Dyer, Paul Holley, Zack Kohrman, Shay Hunsucker, Carson Cooper, Matthew Sasser, Russell Brumfield, Phillip Sparks, Wesley Jernigan, Steve Byrd, Kartik Goyal, Daniel Hughes, Tyler Sherer, David Carrell, Jim Flaniken, Chris Gaddes
  • Patent number: 10070702
    Abstract: A quick-release securing device is constructed of nylon strap having an openable loop at one end, and snap hook at the other end. The distance between the openable loop and the snap hook, and the circumference of the openable loop, is adjustable. The loop can be opened and closed using a buckle. A supplemental strap may be employed for releasably attaching items, such as boat fenders, to the securing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: James Marvin Daniel
  • Patent number: 9993669
    Abstract: A D-ring keeper assembly is provided. The D-ring keeper assembly includes a D-ring and a base member. The D-ring has a mid-portion, a first end portion and a second end portion. The mid-portion is curved in generally a C-shape. The D-ring further has at least one post that extends between the first and second end portions. The base member is configured and arranged to be coupled to a webbing. The at least one post of the D-ring is pivotally in communication with the base member. The base member further includes at least one locking tab that is configured and arranged to lock the position of the D-ring in relation to the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: D B INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott C. Casebolt, Judd J. Perner
  • Patent number: 9902590
    Abstract: A restraint device and method of using a restraint device including an outer body, a storage wheel, a line, a first and second connector, and a release mechanism. The storage wheel may be carried by an internal portion of the outer body. The line may be carried by the storage wheel and moveable between an extended position and a retracted position. The first connector may be connected to a portion of the outer body and adapted to be connected to at least a portion of an external structure. The second connector may be detachably connected to an end portion of the line and adapted to be detachably connected to a restraint. The release mechanism may be carried by the outer body and in mechanical communication with the storage wheel. The release mechanism may be moveable between an engaged position and a released position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: David A. Dufek
  • Patent number: 9894883
    Abstract: An improved device to retain a dog leash in a manner so that the garment can be used to walk the dog in a hands-free manner and also retain portable electronic devices in an operative condition while the dog is being walked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: David Partiel, Daniel Krakowski
  • Patent number: 9848582
    Abstract: A collar assembly includes a main body configured in an uninterrupted loop, the main body having an outer surface, an elongated body extending away from the main body, the elongated body configured to at least partially wrap around and connect to the outer surface of the main body and the elongated body having a holding portion thereby allowing a user to use the elongated body as a leash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Victor Bodrie
  • Patent number: 9456586
    Abstract: An animal training apparatus is comprised of a leash connector attached to a chest portion of a harness. The harness is arranged to prevent the leash connector from shifting to the back of the animal. The harness is preferably comprised of a chest strap for positioning across the chest of the animal between the tops of the front legs, a withers strap for positioning across the withers of the animal behind the neck and between the shoulders, and a girth strap for positioning across the girth of the animal behind the front legs on the underside. The leash connector is attached to an intermediate position on the chest strap for pulling on the chest portion of the harness. The animal is prevented by the rotational force from pulling further.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: LML HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: Linda J. Lady
  • Patent number: 9446295
    Abstract: Described herein is a training harness comprising: a harness comprising at least one anchor point connecter; and a retractable tether comprising a casing supporting and storing a rotatable spool, a handle grip connected to the casing, a tether comprising a first end coupled to the spool and a second end configured for reversible coupling to the at least one anchor point connecter, an elastic section at or proximal to the second end. The training harness may be used by children learning a sport, particularly a downhill gliding sport such as skiing or snowboarding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: SYLVAIN MATTE
    Inventor: Sylvain Matte
  • Patent number: 9445659
    Abstract: An embodiment personal item management apparatus includes a wearable band having a fixed circumference that defines a first outer diameter; and a clasp coupled to the wearable band, the clasp having a second outer diameter that is less than the first outer diameter and being adapted to couple a personal item to the wearable band. In an exemplary embodiment, the ratio of the second outer diameter to the first outer diameter is about 0.4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: THE BIG O, LLC
    Inventors: Mary Caroline Nix, Jane Dunne Cooke
  • Patent number: 9439459
    Abstract: An athletic shirt includes at least one chest portion adapted to dress the user chest. The chest portion has a front face dressing the user torso and a rear face, opposite to the front face, which dresses the back of the user. The front face of the chest portion has an upper portion which covers the pectoral muscles of the user and a lower portion which covers the user's abdomen. The chest portion comprises adherence means for adhering the upper portion to the pectoral muscles of the user so that to limit or completely avoid the rubbing of the upper portion itself against the user's nipples. The adherence means includes an elastic portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventors: Matteo Placanica, Romina Scalvinoni
  • Patent number: 9407280
    Abstract: A harmonic time interleave (HTI) system, including a reference signal, a first summing component to produce a summed reference signal, a de-interleave block to receive an input signal and output a plurality of de-interleaved input signals, a plurality of digital-to-analog converters, each digital-to-analog converter configured to receive a corresponding one of a plurality of de-interleaved input signals and to output a corresponding analog signal, a plurality of mixing components, each mixing component configured to receive the summed reference signal and an analog signal from a corresponding of the plurality of digital-to-analog converters, and to output a corresponding mixed signal, and a second summing component configured to receive the mixed signal from each of the corresponding mixing components and to produce a substantially full-bandwidth analog signal representation of the input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: TEKTRONIX, INC.
    Inventor: John J. Pickerd
  • Patent number: 9278038
    Abstract: A flexible sheet with suspenders is used to safely handle and reposition bed-constrained patients. The suspenders include couplers and are used to secure either side of the flexible sheet to the side railing on a hospital bed. By wrapping the suspenders on one side of the flexible sheet over a patient and connecting them to the opposite side rail, a patient can be switched from a supine position to a turned position. A upper access hole and lower access gap in the flexible sheet then allow attendants to access the patients backside, where treatments can be applied. A flap is otherwise used to cover the upper access hole, being secured to the flexible sheet by a fold and a perimeter of hook-and-loop fasteners. The flexible sheet provides a safe patient handling method that will result in a decrease of workplace injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventors: Mary Masucci, Mark M. Santo, Adele M. Pescitelli
  • Patent number: 9168421
    Abstract: A fall protection system for use by a person in climbing a pole includes an outer strap, an outer strap connector adapted to adjust the length of the outer strap in operative connection with the outer strap, a sliding member slidably positioned on the outer strap, a cross strap attached at one end thereof to the sliding member, the cross strap being in operative connection with the outer strap connector at another end thereof, a first adjustment strap operatively attached to the outer strap connector via a first adjustment buckle at a first end thereof and attached to a first end connector at a second end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Parul Patel, Michael R. Seman, Preston L. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9149074
    Abstract: An infant garment with integrated safety features. The garment is formed as a multi-layered article of clothing, where a net-like harness is sandwiched between two fabric layers. The harness covers substantially entire torso of the infant. The harness has a handle extending through an opening of the outer layer. When a caregiver lifts the child using the handle of the harness, the lifting force is distributed about the torso of the infant without concentrating the lifting force in one small area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin Dougherty
  • Patent number: 9144227
    Abstract: A leash that allows any individual to control a pulling dog without risking injury or walking in an unsafe manner. The disclosed leash maximizes body mechanics and basic pulley/lever principles to achieve more strength. The leash comprises a cuff that preferably wraps around a user's arm above the elbow. Attached to the cuff are a few feet of leash material that freely runs through an O-ring and ends in a handle. Attached to the O-ring are another few feet of leash ending with a clip that can go to a dog collar. When the dog pulls, the user pulls the handle. The resulting force goes through the O-ring, which acts as a pulley and on to the arm cuff and back of the arm, utilizing stronger shoulder and back muscles. Therefore the user is able to pull back with a lot more force than is obtainable with a typical leash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventor: Howard Stein
  • Patent number: 9079646
    Abstract: A safety device comprising a body portion secured to the torso of a swimmer and having support straps and a handle to permit an instructor to provide support for the swimmer is disclosed. The safety device may be used for a variety of purposes, such as teaching individuals how to swim. During use, an instructor or other individual may provide support and/or guidance for the swimmer by lifting or pulling on the handle. The device may be constructed to provide both freedom of movement for the swimmer and direct contact with the instructor, thereby allowing for a safe, yet challenging, learning experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: AQUA-LEISURE INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Benjamin Gould, Caitlin Wotherspoon
  • Patent number: 9062469
    Abstract: A safety anchor device for limiting movement of a person or arresting a fall of a person working at height, and in particular to an inflatable safety anchor device that may be positioned at a high point and then inflated with a liquid to provide a dead-weight anchor device. A dead-weight anchor device for securing a line to a person working at height comprises an attachment for a line that is provided on a top surface of a flexible-walled container. The container has an internal volume that may in use be inflated with a quantity of water to provide an anchoring dead-weight and subsequently deflated by letting water escape. The container has a plurality of flexible walls, including a pair of walls that are internally connected by drop threads that limit the separation between said pair of walls when the internal volume is inflated by water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: CHECKMATE LIMITED
    Inventor: Oliver Auston
  • Patent number: 8955463
    Abstract: A stair safety apparatus includes a wrist with an elastic cord attaché at one end to said band. A bar member attached by one end to a second end of the elastic cord. The bar member is of a length sufficient to allow the bar member to become wedged between a wall-mounted stair rail and a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Gary G. Makowski
  • Publication number: 20150020751
    Abstract: A restraining device for an animal or a child that has a restraint(1), a retractable lead (2) and a housing (4), in which the retractable lead (2) is at least partially housed. The housing (4) is releasably attached to the restraint (1) and has a twister (13) for changing the orientation of the retractable lead (2) as it exits the housing (4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Sally Pattie, Simon Collings
  • Publication number: 20150013619
    Abstract: The pet leash belt system leash providing a waist belt worn by pet owners and featuring a sliding ring mechanism on which the wearer secures a standard pet leash, thus affording the wearer a hands-free means of walking their animal while also affording the animal freedom of movement about their owner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Robert J. Kahana, JR.
  • Patent number: 8919292
    Abstract: A leash assembly includes a first belt, a second belt and at least one connector piece coupled to the first belt. The first belt is configured to be worn over the second belt. The first and second belts can be worn by a subject around the torso, shoulders, neck or wrist. Each connector piece is configured to move along at least a portion of the first belt. In some embodiments, the connector piece is a link configured to be receive the first belt and to move along the first belt. Each connector piece is coupled with a leash. In some embodiments, the leash has a retractable end. The leash assembly can include adornments and/or a carrier coupled to the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventors: Tina Ting-Yuan Wang, Michael Clair Houston, Kevin Kin-Wai Lau
  • Publication number: 20140261236
    Abstract: Safety garments according to particular embodiments include a body portion and an elongated safety tether. In various embodiments, the safety tether comprises an elongated tether portion that extends between a first end and a second end, a first connecting element disposed adjacent the first end, a second connecting element disposed adjacent the second end, and a shock absorption portion disposed along at least a portion of the elongated tether portion. In various embodiments, the connecting elements are configured to allow a user to selectively couple the connecting elements to corresponding connecting elements. In particular embodiments, the shock absorption portion is configured to allow the safety tether to extend to a length greater than a neutral length in response to a tensile force and is further configured to bias the shock absorption portion to the neutral length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Udo W. Herberth
  • Patent number: 8833310
    Abstract: A tether device is provided which includes a first wristband to which a retracting mechanism is attached. A first end of a cord may be attached to the retracting mechanism. A second end of the cord may be attached to a second band. The retracting mechanism permits retraction and extension of the cord between the first and second wristbands responsive to changes in distance between first and second persons wearing the respective first and second wristbands. The present tether device provides an effective, lightweight tether system that may be used by an adult for inconspicuous, hands-free restraint of a child, particularly in public areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Kinderkord, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Konigsberg, Joan Lunden
  • Publication number: 20140238311
    Abstract: A secondary restraint assembly is provided as a means on maintaining control of a leash in the event of a sudden pull or movement to said leash. The secondary restraint assembly accomplishes this by being attached to a user's forearm and unobtrusively engaging the leash. The secondary restraint assembly utilizes a harness assembly to attach to the user's forearm. The harness assembly utilizes adjustable straps to secure itself to the forearm and serves as a mounting point for a harness plate. The harness plate contains an insert coupler that joins an insert plate to the harness assembly. The user couples an extended strap to the insert plate and joins the other end to the leash. With the leash secured to the extended strap, and the extended strap secured to the harness assembly through the insert plate, the secondary restraint assembly enables a user to maintain control of said leash.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Forrest R. LEWIS
  • Patent number: 8776732
    Abstract: A retractable leash having a tension strap connected to a safety line that can be releasably fastened to a tethered article. The retractable leash allows freedom of use of the tethered article without the retractable leash impinging any spring force on the tethered article. A retractable leash that employ a series of metal rings, a plastic spacer and a flat sided ball that can rotate in any direction to guide and to prevent tangling of the tension strap and preclude friction from the plastic collar edges. A retractable leash that uses means of a furrow in the spring cup for locking the inner loop of the tension strap from rotating. A retractable leash having an arbor with a flat side for mounting a spring retaining clip thereto and a central bore that keeps debris out of the spring cup in sandy conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Carl S. Bredesen, Dale C McCarthy
  • Patent number: 8714114
    Abstract: A leash assembly includes a belt and at least one connector piece coupled to the belt. The belt can be worn by a subject around the torso, shoulders, neck or wrist. Each connector piece is configured to move along at least a portion of the belt. In some embodiments, the connector piece is a link configured to be receive the belt and to move along the belt. Alternatively, the belt has one or more tracks, in which the connector piece is configured to travel on thereby allowing the connector to travel along the belt. Each connector piece is coupled with a leash. In some embodiments, the leash has a retractable end. The leash assembly can include adornments and/or a carrier coupled to the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventors: Tina Ting-Yuan Wang, Michael Clair Houston, Kevin Kin-Wai Lau
  • Publication number: 20140116354
    Abstract: A leash includes a container housing to be carried on a collar, chain, harness or other similar restraint, readily available for use. An outer end of a leash strap can be pulled by a user to dispense the leash strap for use, and the leash can be retracted and rewound in the container housing. The leash can be latched in a retracted configuration to prevent unwanted extension of the leash, and can be unlatched by a user for extension or storage of the leash in the retracted configuration. In one form the leash includes a thumb wheel that can be turned by a user on an inner rotatable spool in an unlatched position, and rotation of the thumb wheel is prevented in a latched position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: John Robert Harris, II
  • Patent number: 8701601
    Abstract: Apparatus for a child or an animal, comprising: a wearable item configured to be secured around the body and arms limbs of a child or an animal. The wearable item comprises a pocket presenting a first aperture and a second aperture, and a leash having a first end secured within a housing and a second end secured to a handle. The housing is configured to be removably received within the pocket through the first aperture, and the handle is configured to be passed from within the pocket through the second aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas Joel Hunt
  • Publication number: 20140060453
    Abstract: A pet carrying system for carrying a pet by a wearer and securing the pet in a vehicle, including a pet harness and a carrier harness. The pet harness includes a pet harness panel and a pet strap coupled configured to selectively secure the pet harness panel to the pet. A pet harness attachment member is coupled to the pet harness panel. The carrier harness includes a carrier harness panel and a carrier harness attachment member coupled to the carrier harness panel and selectively engageable with the pet harness attachment member. A posterior support is coupled to the carrier harness panel and is configured to support a posterior portion of a pet. An anterior support is coupled to the carrier harness panel and is engageable with the posterior support. A carrier strap is coupled to the harness panel and wearable by the user or connectable to the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: CAROLYN SHEWFELT
  • Publication number: 20140060454
    Abstract: A restraint device having a tubular body with a handle at one end and a telescopic extension rod at the other end which allows the overall length of the body to be selectively adjusted. A cuff is attached to a tether at the end of the rod in a non-deployed position. The tether can be released so a law enforcement officer can loosely control a detainee. Electrical circuitry in the body is connected to electrodes on the lower end of the handle and on the cuff so a disabling charge can be delivered. The device is also useful to civilians as a protective device when jogging, walking, bicycling or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: James R. Lash
  • Publication number: 20140053789
    Abstract: The present invention, provides a comfortable harness comprising brief-like shorts on which integrated strap handles are integrally attached. These straps serve as handles that are controlled by an adult user as a means of aiding and assisting the wearer of the device when first learning to walk, enabling the adult to stand upright comfortably behind the child as they toddle along. Stroll Along is comprised of a lightweight and comfortable harness that is worn by the child and on which elongated strap handles are integrally attached. These handles are utilized by a parent as a means of supporting the child while they take their first steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Consuelo Monroy
  • Patent number: 8622028
    Abstract: A hands free dog walking system includes a belt for attaching around a person includes a belt for attaching around a person and a traveler operatively connected to the belt to allow a leash operatively connected to the traveler to freely travel around the belt without entangling the person. The system may further include a leash assembly having a first rigid body having an inner end and an outer end, a second rigid body having an inner end and an outer end, a cord threaded through the first rigid body and the second rigid body, a first connector attached to the first end of the cord, and a second connector attached to the second opposite end of the cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: 608 Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas C. Ekstrum
  • Patent number: 8584622
    Abstract: A safety belt of the present invention includes a first backing member attached to the back of the driver, a first waist belt attached around the waist of the driver, a pair of first shoulder belts attached around the shoulders of the driver, a second waist belt attached around the waist of the passenger, a pair of second shoulder belts attached around the shoulders of the passenger, a plurality of waist belt attaching portions enabling attachment of the second waist belt to the first backing member in a freely detachable manner, and a plurality of shoulder belt attaching members enabling attachment of respective portions of the second shoulder belts located at a front side of the passenger to the first backing member. An attachment position of the second waist belt and attachment positions of the second shoulder belts to the first backing member are selectable accordingly among the plurality of waist belt attaching portions and the plurality of shoulder belt attaching members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Sadaaki Nishino
  • Publication number: 20130228140
    Abstract: A leash that allows any individual to control a pulling dog without risking injury or walking in an unsafe manner. The disclosed leash maximizes body mechanics and basic pulley/lever principles to achieve more strength. The leash comprises a cuff that preferably wraps around a user's arm above the elbow. Attached to the cuff are a few feet of leash material that freely runs through an O-ring and ends in a handle. Attached to the O-ring are another few feet of leash ending with a clip that can go to a dog collar. When the dog pulls, the user pulls the handle. The resulting force goes through the O-ring, which acts as a pulley and on to the arm cuff and back of the arm, utilizing stronger shoulder and back muscles. Therefore the user is able to pull back with a lot more force than is obtainable with a typical leash.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventor: Howard Stein
  • Publication number: 20130042818
    Abstract: A waist-belt including at least one embedded, retractably controllable pet leash for freeing a user's hand when walking or running with a dog, with means coupled with the belt to attach to, and allow, carrying of a grocery or shopping bag, a pocketbook, or water bottle at the same time, and with controllable front and rear manners of illumination to provide visualized warnings and detection of such activities safely during both daytime and nighttime hours.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventor: Barbara Capoano
  • Publication number: 20130042819
    Abstract: A hands free dog walking system includes a belt for attaching around a person includes a belt for attaching around a person and a traveler operatively connected to the belt to allow a leash operatively connected to the traveler to freely travel around the belt without entangling the person. The system may further include a leash assembly having a first rigid body having an inner end and an outer end, a second rigid body having an inner end and an outer end, a cord threaded through the first rigid body and the second rigid body, a first connector attached to the first end of the cord, and a second connector attached to the second opposite end of the cord.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: 608 ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas C. Ekstrum
  • Patent number: 8342137
    Abstract: An animal leash that is operable to be surroundably mounted proximate a user's waist wherein the animal leash is configured to allow the animal tethered thereto to move in a first direction and a second direction. The first direction permitted by the animal is such that the animal can move generally away or towards the user. A second direction is further allowed such that the animal can traverse in a circular direction about the user. The animal leash further includes a belt having a longitudinal track disposed therein. Captively engaged with the track is the wheel assembly, which is configured to traverse along the track. A connections module is secured to the wheel assembly and is intermediate the wheel assembly and the leash container. The connection assembly functions to disengage the leash assembly upon a substantial force being applied thereto. The leash container houses a spring-biased reel, which stores the leash. A plurality of pockets are further included which are integrally formed into the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Jill Burkhardt
  • Patent number: 8336503
    Abstract: A harness for wearing by a first person. The harness having a handle for grasping by a second person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Genius Happens, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher R. Spinelli
  • Publication number: 20120234260
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for operably connecting a first person to a second person. The apparatus comprises a wrist strap having first and second ends sized to closely extend around a wrist of a first person and a coupling formed of a first coupling half located at the first end and a second coupling half located at the second end. The first and second coupling ends are lockably engageable with each other. The coupling has a pair of buttons to opposed sides thereof wherein the pair of buttons cooperate to disengage the second coupling half from the first coupling half and a connector extending from the wrist strap member connectable to a second person. The method comprises lockably and closely securing the wrist strap to a wrist of the first person, and securing a connector extending from the first wrist strap to a second user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: David Spencer Shaw, Steven McIlvenna
  • Publication number: 20120210950
    Abstract: One example embodiment includes a hands free system for restraining an animal. The system includes an armband, where the armband is configured to be attached around at least a portion of the arm of a user. The system also includes a buckle, where the buckle is configured to connect to a leash, allowing the user to restrain an animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Mark Stanley, Penelope Akwei
  • Patent number: 8205579
    Abstract: The invention provides a new tether or leash product in the form of a guide assembly that provides an alternative to wrist cuffs and harnesses that physically bind a dependent individual. The guide assembly, or tether system, allows a dependent individual to engage a security grip or handle in the shape of a character or other appealing design. The security grip is removably attached to a tether, lead, line, or other extension device that ultimately connects to another individual, such as a parent or a caregiver. The dependent individual is trained to engage the security grip by removing the security grip from the lead portion of the guide assembly and enjoying the security grip as a separate toy. By developing an affinity for the security grip, the dependent individual desirably engages the security grip when in use with the guide assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventor: Robyn Pellei
  • Publication number: 20120103277
    Abstract: A proximity device for a child includes a hub configured for engagement with a caretaker, an extension element connected to the hub at a first end and extending to a second end, and an attraction element connected to the second end of the extension element, the attraction element being configured for engagement with a child and including an attraction feature desirable by a child, wherein, when the hub is engaged with a caretaker and the attraction element is engaged with a child, the device controls the proximity of the child to the adult.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventor: Sunny Klein
  • Patent number: 8061480
    Abstract: A drag harness comprises two arm loops, each of which has a fixed length and is adapted to receive a separate arm of a wearer, and a gripping loop having a fixed length, joined to the arm loops. Rather than one gripping loop, a pair of gripping loops, each having a fixed length, can be advantageously used. The arm loops are made from a non-abrading material, which may be rope, such as cotton rope or polyester rope. Alternatively, the non-abrading material may be a material, such as strapping, webbing, or rope, which has a surface finish providing the material with a non-abrading characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Morning Pride Manufacturing, L.L.C.
    Inventors: William L. Grilliot, Mary I. Grilliot
  • Publication number: 20110247570
    Abstract: A device for allowing a trainer to help a child learn to walk, comprising: a child vest adapted to be worn on the upper torso of the child, having a pair of shoulder portions covering a pair of corresponding shoulder areas of the child, when the child vest is worn; an adjustable trainer belt for securing around the waist of the trainer; and a pair of adjustable shoulder strap assemblies respectively connecting the pair of shoulder portions of the child vest to the adjustable trainer belt. The device allows the trainer, typically, an adult, to support the child without engaging the trainer's hands or the child's hands and allows the trainer to remain in a full upright position to avoid strain on the lower back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventor: GingToe Ho
  • Publication number: 20110203531
    Abstract: A harness for wearing by a first person. The harness having a handle for grasping by a second person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: GENIUS HAPPENS, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher R. Spinelli
  • Publication number: 20110139089
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosed technology include a device and method for training children to walk near their parents and encouraging children to do same. A carabiner is connected to a first strap, such as a wrist strap, as well as one or a plurality of handle straps. Each handle strap comprises, or is operatively connected to, a respective handle. The handle strap is removably engaged with the carabiner. That is, handle straps may be added or removed at will to change the number of straps attached to the carabiner or other connecting mechanism. In this manner, a parent may hold onto one strap (or attach such a strap to another device such as a stroller or backpack and instruct a plurality of children to walk with him or her.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: GREATER THAN ONE KIDS, LLC
    Inventors: Robyn Spritzer, Susanne Budofsky
  • Patent number: 7942152
    Abstract: The present invention, a SOFT HAND RESTRAINT DEVICE FOR TRANSPORTING PRISONERS comprising a fabric pouch, a retaining clip mechanism, a wrist retaining strap, restraint grommets, a handcuff retainer and a splay device seeks to provide law enforcement personnel a means of safely transporting prisoners, whereby the ability of a prisoner to grasp objects or persons and exercise his hands in an offensive posture is temporarily debilitated. This is accomplished by maintaining the hand in a position whereby the middle and ring finger are splayed apart at a predetermined distance by a splay device, which interferes with the grip ergonomics, wherein the prisoner is unable to exert sufficient force to overcome the splay device and hence is unable to form a grip. Additional embodiments providing differing arrangements of the primary elements are also disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventors: John Thomas Foster, Glenda Louise Hill-Foster