Electrical Element (e.g., Illuminator, Battery, Etc.) Patents (Class 119/859)
  • Patent number: 10772302
    Abstract: A collar for an animal includes an elongate piece of flexible material having a first end and a second end, the first and second ends configured to be releasably coupled together about the neck of an animal. The collar also includes a lighting system coupled to the piece of material. The lighting system includes a power source and an optical element coupled to the power source. The optical element is at least partially embedded within the piece of material and extends along a length direction between the first and second ends. The optical element further includes an LED that is configured to illuminate a portion of the optical element when the power source is turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventors: Thomas Lutz, Matthew Allen, Ernie Katris
  • Patent number: 10602722
    Abstract: A smart leash system is disclosed, which includes a handheld system configured to be held by a user, a collar system configured to be worn by an animal, a leash coupled to and extended between the handheld system and the collar system, and a load measuring sensor coupled to the handheld system and configured to measure force applied to the leash, wherein one of the handheld system, the collar system, and both the handheld system and the collar system is configured to receive a force signal representing the force applied to the leash and signal the collar system to provide a feedback to the animal when the force exceeds a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: HETZER DESIGN AND INNOVATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Mathew Hetzer, Anthony Clarence Hetzer, Zhen Huang
  • Patent number: 10470441
    Abstract: An animal monitor comprising a microcontroller; at least one three-axis accelerometer; an energy source; a charger; and a communications system, including a wireless transmitter and receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: GRAVITY LIMITED
    Inventors: Alexandre Nikolaevich Rovnyi, Berri Antonius Schroder
  • Patent number: 10440938
    Abstract: An acoustically enhanced collar for monitoring vital signs of a pet animal, may comprise an elastic band having a working surface configured to wrap around a neck of a pet animal and an oppositely faced rear surface, at least one sensor element situated along a circumference of the band and configured to measure at least one bioparameter from the following bioparameters: temperature, heart rate, respiration rate, movement; at least one acoustic concentrator projecting as a bump toward the neck from the working surface on a first side of the at least one sensor element; at least one acoustic concentrator projecting as a bump toward the portion from the working surface on a second side of the at least one sensor element and acoustic balancers projecting from the rear surface at least partly behind the acoustic concentrators. Preferably, the acoustic concentrators and balancers have a base end having an “X” shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: PETPACE LTD.
    Inventors: Avi Menkes, Michael Bukchin
  • Patent number: 10433525
    Abstract: An illuminated dog belt specifically adapted to be secured to or worn around a back and chest, rearward of the front legs, is presented herein. The belt includes an elongated LED or light strip positioned in a manner to shine light through a translucent or at least partially transparent main body portion. A strap may be disposed through one or more strap retention openings and secured around the animal. The strap includes an amount of lengthwise or longitudinal elasticity for disposing at least a portion of the strap substantially pressed against the chest of an animal in a position rearward of the animal's front legs. In this manner, the main body portion and the LEDs or light strip may be disposed proximate to a portion of the animal's back, also in a position rearward of the animal's neck or collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: David A. Spence
  • Patent number: 10303995
    Abstract: A submersible tag device configured to operate within a liquid medium, including a liquid-tight housing defining a chamber that remains isolated from the liquid medium when the housing is immersed in the liquid medium, and an attachment mechanism configured to attach to a target selected by a user. A communication module is disposed in the chamber, the module including a receiver, a controller configured to receive input from the receiver, a power source operatively connected to at least the controller, and data storage. When the tag device is immersed in the liquid medium, the receiver is configured to receive a command signal through the liquid medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION
    Inventors: Amy L. Kukulya, Thomas Austin, Frederic Jaffre
  • Patent number: 10114994
    Abstract: An animal identification code is described comprising two numbers, one of which is encoded into a human-readable marking and the other of which is encoded into a machine-readable marking, where the two numbers and the two encodings are different. The combination of the two numbers, plus additional information not marked on a first animal, such as time of read, is looked up a first table to determine conditional validity and from there to a second table to determine a valid and unique animal ID associated with the animal, a primary key. The animal may be a rodent in a vivarium and the markings may be tattooed on the animal tail. The second marking may be a vine code with a spine where the spine is aligned with the animal tail. The first number may be unique within a first animal population such as an animal study. The combination of the first and second marking may be reused on a second animal wherein the lifetimes of the first and second animal do not overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Vium, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyle Howard Heath, Jonathan Betts-Lacroix
  • Patent number: 10091973
    Abstract: The system for controlling and monitoring animals, the system including control devices that are able to be fitted to the animals and arranged for communication with one another. Each control device is capable of determining the position of an animal relative to a second animal as well as the distance between animals and the relative movement of animals fitted with the control device. The system of control devices also includes a stimulus device that allows stimuli to be applied to an animal or animals based on the relative position, movement and/or distance of the respective animals to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Inventor: Peter Ian Corke
  • Patent number: 10070626
    Abstract: An animal monitor comprising a microcontroller; at least one three-axis accelerometer, an energy source; a charger and a communications system, including a wireless transmitter and receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: GRAVITY LIMITED
    Inventors: Alexandre Nikolaevich Rovnyi, Berri Antonius Schroder
  • Patent number: 10052435
    Abstract: An active agent or drug injecting device (10) includes a main housing (16) containing a trigger mechanism (24) which can be manually activated via release bar (32) or remotely triggered via wireless receiver (70) activating motor (74), and a second housing (80) containing an injection- and needle-assembly (22). The needle (30) encloses a dry carrier (26) having an active agent (12) disposed thereon. The trigger mechanism triggers the injection assembly to propel the needle into the skin (via spring (54)), to inject the active agent into a living organism (either by letting the active agent diffuse out of the needle or by actively flushing it out), and to subsequently retract the needle back into the housing (80) (via spring (64)).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Precifiex SA
    Inventors: Lucien Vouillamoz, Melissa Rosen, Judy L. Walish, Daniel Yasevac, Michel Bruehwiler
  • Patent number: 9999201
    Abstract: A collar for an animal includes an elongate piece of flexible material having a first end and a second end, the first and second ends configured to be releasably coupled together about the neck of an animal. The collar also includes a lighting system coupled to the piece of material. The lighting system includes a power source and an optical element coupled to the power source. The optical element is at least partially embedded within the piece of material and extends along a length direction between the first and second ends. The optical element further includes an LED that is configured to illuminate a portion of the optical element when the power source is turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Lutz, Matthew Allen, Ernie Katris
  • Patent number: 9603341
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dog leash having intelligent lighting to improve safety. In one aspect, the dog leash includes a central cavity holding a retractable leash and an extension sensor to detect when the retractable leash is extended beyond a threshold distance. The dog leash also includes an ambient light sensor to detect a surrounding light intensity. In addition, the dog leash includes a set of lights to automatically illuminate a dog being walked by a walker, a perpendicular area, and/or the walker themselves when the extension sensor detects that a leash is extended beyond the threshold distance when the ambient light sensor detects that a surrounding ambient light is below a threshold value using a processor and a memory of the dog leash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Steven Scaba
  • Patent number: 9605839
    Abstract: A purse illumination assembly including a power source, a light emitting portion, a voice-sensitive switch, and a circuit assembly connecting the light emitting portion to the power source through the voice-sensitive switch. The light emitting portion may be a light emitting fabric or may include EL wire alone or in combination with LED lights to provide both lighting and a decorative effect. A driver circuit may be included for driving both the EL wire and the LED lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Cynthia K. Tait
  • Patent number: 9599318
    Abstract: A lighting module is provided. The lighting module includes a flexible substrate having a first side and a second side, a plurality of solid state light sources, and a flexible housing. The first side of the flexible substrate has conductive traces. The plurality of solid state light sources is placed on the first side of the flexible substrate. The plurality of solid state light sources is electrically connected to the conductive traces. The flexible housing has at least a first shape, which may be linear, and a second shape, which may be non-linear. The flexible housing includes a flexible superelastic material in an austenite phase. The flexible housing is placed in proximity to the flexible substrate to form the lighting module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventors: Napoli Oza, Anil Jeswani, Yiming Zhang
  • Patent number: 9277734
    Abstract: A shock collar assembly with proximity sensors detects the proximity of a collar relative to a remote and administers a shock at a predetermined proximity. The assembly includes a collar and a pair of probes extending from the collar. A collar processor and a collar transceiver are coupled to the collar. The collar processor activates the probes upon receiving a first level signal when the animal is within a first predetermined distance from a remote. A remote processor, a remote transceiver, and a control are coupled to the remote. The remote processor activates the probes upon sending the first level signal when the animal is within the first predetermined distance. The control is operationally coupled to the collar. The collar processor activates a collar alarm and the remote processor activates a remote alarm upon receiving a second level signal when the animal is within a second predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventor: Luc J. Paradis
  • Patent number: 9038293
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for identifying an animal, comprising a male part and a female part which are intended to be joined together, said female part comprising a head (12) for holding a tip of said male part, and a rigid shell (11) containing electronic identification means (42). According to the invention, a resin (41) is placed inside a housing defined in said shell so as to cover said electronic means (42) and to secure said head (12) to said shell (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: ALLFLEX EUROPE
    Inventors: Johan Decaluwe, Jean-Jacques Hilpert, Emmanuel Lemaire
  • Patent number: 8922363
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are an animal training apparatus for locating a collar transceiver using a Global Positioning System (GPS), and a method of controlling the the same. The animal training apparatus includes a portable device, and a collar transceiver. The portable device includes a portable device GPS reception unit, a key input unit, a portable device control unit, a display unit, and a portable device wireless communication unit. The collar transceiver includes a collar wireless communication unit, a collar GPS reception unit, a photodetector, a light output unit, a beep tone output unit, and a collar control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Min Jae So
  • Publication number: 20140331942
    Abstract: This feedback collar (“FC”) is an all-inclusive training, health and accurate activity tracking unit for pets that directly pairs with a pet owner's smart phone, tablet, or other computer-like device that acts as a primary logging unit (“PLU”) for storing, accessing and managing data. The FC utilizes an array of sensors, radios and transmitters for logging and communicating information between one or more FCs and one or more PLUs. Utilizing the FC as a part of a smart electronic pet collar system (“SEPCS”), the owner will be able to access a history of the FC data from their phone, upload the data to a centralized web server, and share the data with other owner's.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Joshua Sarazyn
  • Publication number: 20140327542
    Abstract: A custom-shaped wireless fence system is provided that contains one or more dogs in a user-defined containment area without the need for a physical fence or underground wire. The system, which is easy to set up and use, includes at least three base units and at least one collar and, preferably, a remote controller. A virtual fence is defined around the containment area, as well as around optional exclusion zones within the containment area, during system set up through communication between the base units and a trackable device as the user walks around the desired border. Visualization software enables the user to verify that the location of the fence is as desired and that the system is operating properly using a computing device having a display screen. In use, the system employs improved filtering of consecutive distance measurement values taken between the base units and the collar to discount errant measurement values in terms of their contribution to the current calculation of the dog's location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: WOODSTREAM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Christopher T. RICH, Christopher KAMERY, Marko LUBIC, Wade PATTERSON, Steve CONRAD, Jason S. GURLEY, Terry G. PHILLIPS, John J. White, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140230755
    Abstract: An animal indicator apparatus that tracks the locations of an animal and alerts nearby persons when the animal approaches a boundary includes a location determining component operable to determine a current geographic location of the apparatus; memory for storing cartographic data representative of at least one boundary; an indicator and a processor. The processor triggers the indicator when the current geographic location of the apparatus is near the location of the boundary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: GARMIN SWITZERLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Bradley C. Trenkle, Timmy R. Walker
  • Patent number: 8783212
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved design for an animal collar with an integrated electronic device where the contact surface/points of the electronic device can be positioned in a way that is physically comfortable for the animal that wears the collar. The design of the electronic device as a whole does not compromise aesthetics while being unobtrusive and effective to receive control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventors: Bart Bellon, Michael Leighton
  • Publication number: 20140196673
    Abstract: An acoustically enhanced collar for monitoring vital signs of a pet animal, may comprise an elastic band having a working surface configured to wrap around a neck of a pet animal and an oppositely faced rear surface, at least one sensor element situated along a circumference of the band and configured to measure at least one bioparameter from the following bioparameters: temperature, heart rate, respiration rate, movement; at least one acoustic concentrator projecting as a bump toward the neck from the working surface on a first side of the at least one sensor element; at least one acoustic concentrator projecting as a bump toward the portion from the working surface on a second side of the at least one sensor element and acoustic balancers projecting from the rear surface at least partly behind the acoustic concentrators. Preferably, the acoustic concentrators and balancers have a base end having an “X” shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: PetPace Ltd.
    Inventors: Avi MENKES, Michael BUKCHIN
  • Publication number: 20140182519
    Abstract: A collar with an ultra-wideband radar is described. A housing contains sensor electronics and the transmit and receive antennas are located separate from the housing around the circumference of the collar. A first example of the collar includes a first transmit antenna and a first receive antenna. A second example of the collar adds a second transmit antenna and a second receive antenna.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: i4c Innovations Inc.
    Inventor: Joe Paul Tupin, JR.
  • Patent number: 8763563
    Abstract: A leash held at one end by a trainer and attached at the other end to a coupler which attaches to either a harness or collar secured to the body of an animal, the coupler having therein an RF transmitter that transmits a signal consisting of one or more pulsed sequences dependent on the actuation of a switch that activates upon sensing a pulling force exerted between the animal and the trainer, said magnitude of force dependent on a spring, housed within the coupler and having an associated preset tension, wherein the RF transmitted signal is received by a receiver and a transducer located in an independent correction collar that transforms the received signal to a corresponding one or more applied electrical or mechanical pulsed forces to the bodily part of the of the animal secured by the correction collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen David Thalmann
  • Patent number: 8757098
    Abstract: An animal training device and system which uses a voltage to frequency conversion technology (VFC) providing the capability to adjust in gradual incremental levels upward and downward for consistent and individual electronic control of separate output to an animal undergoing training to learn new behaviors which are desired by its owner/handler/trainer. The device is contained in a housing which is worn around the neck of an animal by means of a collar strap or attached to a harness that properly fits onto an animal. The primary use is with dogs, but all kinds of domestic animals may be trained using this device. This VFC technology is offered in a variety of electronic platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: E-Collar Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hosung So, Yongseok Kim
  • Publication number: 20140123912
    Abstract: A system for monitoring vital signs of a pet animal comprises an annular band, an accelerometer configured to measure at least one of resting patterns, activity patterns, movement patterns, position patterns relating to, for example the pet animal relieving itself, lameness and scratching, and a non-accelerometer sensor configured to measure at least one of the following non-accelerometer-measured bioparameters of the pet animal: temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate. One or more processors are configured to receive sensor output data and reference data concerning the measured bioparameters of the pet animal or of a population of the pet animal, and determine a suspicion of a specific medical condition by: (i) scoring at least two bioparameters and comparing a cumulative score to a threshold cumulative score or to a threshold cumulative range; or (ii) identifying an abnormal pattern. The processor(s) may send an alert if at least one specific medical condition is suspected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: PetPlace Ltd.
    Inventors: Avi MENKES, Michael BUKCHIN, Michael ZAKHAROV, Asaf DAGAN
  • Patent number: 8695538
    Abstract: A lick deterrent device to deter animals from biting or chewing. The deterrent device has a flexible substrate physically conformable in three directions with conductive traces thereon. The lick deterrent device is configured for electrical connection to a removable power source. The traces are configured so that they may be contacted by an animal's tongue or saliva, so that upon contact, an electrical circuit is completed thereby delivering a mild electric shock to the animal. The lick deterrent device may be stretchable in at least one direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: James F. Pitzen
  • Patent number: 8648735
    Abstract: Provided is a safety directional indicator to improve highway safety. Embodiments of the invention include devices for guiding a driver of a vehicle in a desired direction, typically away from highway workers, pedestrians, curbs, and opposing lanes of traffic. Specifically included is a safety directional indicator system comprising a flexible belt with a plurality of light transmitting bars disposed along the belt and having a plurality of LEDs disposed at one elongated end of each light transmitting bar and in operable communication with a control system for illuminating the LEDs in a manner to indicate a direction for traffic. Safety devices according to the invention can be stand-alone devices, devices capable of being attached to objects or structures at a highway scene, or configured to be worn on a person's body. An object of the safety devices according to embodiments of the invention is to increase driver awareness of highway situations especially during conditions of restricted visibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventors: Paul Haynes, Eric Collins
  • Publication number: 20130333633
    Abstract: Systems and methods for testing hearing, vision, and responsiveness of a dog are provided. The systems' components comprise a first, second, third, and fourth projection screen installed on four walls of a confined area; a series of radio-frequency identification (“rfid”) readers installed in a grid pattern on each of the first, the second, the third, and the fourth walls; an rfid tag mounted on a dog collar to be worn by the dog; an accelerometer mounted on the dog collar; a speaker installed on each of the first, second, third, and fourth walls; a processor; and a memory. The system generally uses visual and audio stimuli in order to test the hearing, vision, and physical responsiveness of the dog. The dog's actions are measured by the rfid readers' detecting the movement of the rfid tag on the dog's collar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Tai Cheung Poon
  • Patent number: 8578891
    Abstract: A lick deterrent strip for deterring an animal from licking a wound is provided. The lick deterrent strip is securable to the animal or a bandage such that the lick deterrent strip is positioned over the wound or near the area of the wound. As used herein, a “wound” refers to an injured area on an animal, including, but not limited to, abscesses, cuts, hot spots, incisions, punctures, sores, and stitches. When secured to the animal, the lick deterrent strip provides an exposed surface with electrically energized contacts arranged on the exposed surface. When a conductive portion of the animal, such as the animal's mouth, is placed in electrical communication with the contacts, the lick deterrent strip provides an electrical stimulus to the animal, which deters the animal from accessing or licking the wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Travis Vickery
  • Publication number: 20130247837
    Abstract: Disclosed is a collar apparatus for animal training with a length adjustable leash. The collar apparatus applies a vibration or an electrical stimulation to an animal while automatically adjusting a length of a leash connected to an animal's body. Accordingly, it is possible to train the animal to desirably act by applying the electrical stimulation or the vibration to the animal through adjusting the length of the leash connected to the animal's body when the animal acts with undesirable behavior.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: DOGTRA CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Min Jae SO
  • Patent number: 8539913
    Abstract: A wearable sound system includes an article wearable by an animal and having compartment sections, strap end portions extending from respective ones of two of the compartment sections, and a fastener that removably connects the strap end portions to one another when the article is worn by the animal. A programmable source of audible signals is located within one of the compartment sections, and two speakers are located within respective ones of the two compartment sections of the article from which the pair of strap end portions extend. Each speaker is disposed between the fastener and the programmable source and in an area disposed proximate to an ear of the animal when the article is worn by the animal so as to project a sound content of the audible signals towards an immediate vicinity of the ear of the animal in a region located forward or around the ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventors: Lisa Caputo, Kristin Baggelaar
  • Patent number: 8511856
    Abstract: A flexible light transmitting device, comprising a printable layer, a backing layer, and a light-emitting diode strip disposed between the printable layer and the backing layer. The printable layer is translucent to permit transmission of light from the light-emitting diodes through the printable layer when the light-emitting diodes are activated; however, the LED strip remains hidden between the layers. The printable layer is adapted to receive printed indicia by way of thermal printing process. The backing layer is substantially opaque comprises a durable nylon webbing or polypropylene material. The embedded LED strip comprises an elongated flexible casing containing spaced apart light-emitting diodes, one or more light interrupting spacers, and at least one ribbon wire extending through the casing and electrically coupling said light-emitting diodes. The light-emitting diodes are electrically coupled to a switch assembly which provides the LED switch with a plurality of operative modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Dog-E-Glow, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Brauser, Brandon Bal
  • Publication number: 20130174795
    Abstract: A canine directional command system includes a directional command collar assembly configured for releasable securement around the neck of a canine. The collar assembly includes a plurality of command stimulation units, preferably including three vibration command stimulation units, and one combination vibration/electrical command stimulation unit. The collar assembly is positioned on the neck of a canine so that the stimulation units are respectively positioned at the front, rear, left, and right areas of the neck of the canine. A wireless transmitter of the command system permits selective operation of the stimulation units of the collar assembly, thereby permitting a handler of the canine to provide directional commands and signals to the canine, without resort to verbal or visual commands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Inventor: Andrew Fannon Lamkin
  • Patent number: 8468979
    Abstract: A collar (1000) for an animal comprising an elongate strap member (1001) and at least a first and second housings (1011, 1013) at each end of said elongate strap member (1001), each of said first and second housings (1011, 1013) comprising interlocking means (1021, 1023) such that said first housing (1011) releasably engages said second housing (1013) in the proximity of the underside of an animal's neck when the collar (1000) is fitted around said animal's neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: ITI Scotland Limited
    Inventors: Toby Mottram, Neil Telfer
  • Publication number: 20130125831
    Abstract: The present invention is a horse training device that is secured to and removably worn on a cannon bone CB of each front leg of a horse to train and prevent the horse from pawing includes an elongated planar base, a hook and loop fastener to removably secure the device to the horse, a pair of stimulus prongs that is disposed on the elongated planar base that are in communication with a pendulum switch disposed within the elongated planar base that deliver an electric shock to the horse and a remote control that includes a power indicator light, a power activation button and a pair of power settings that include a first sliding bar, a second sliding bar and a plurality of predetermined measuring indicia that are relative measurement indicia or quantitative measurement indicia.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Kevin Wheeler
  • Patent number: 8438999
    Abstract: Systems for containing, training, and tracking pets utilize electronic pet tags or collars, including IR reception and two-way RF communication. An aimable IR directional zone defining unit includes selectable different modes of operation relative to a pet collar or tag. A RF base station arranged to communicate with an pet collar or tar includes is arranged to automatically communicate with at least one terminal responsive to a receipt of a RF signal indicative of at least one of: condition of the pet, behavior of the pet, and proximity of the pet to the base station. The base station may further generate a user-perceptible alarm signal. A handheld remote controller adapted to communicate with the electronic pet collar or tag includes memory for digital media files, and an audio output element to deliver audible pet training instructions from the memory element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Titan Pet Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason A. Hardi, James M. O'Brien, III
  • Publication number: 20130014706
    Abstract: A collar for pet animals may have sensor elements remotely actuatable to measure vital signs of the animal (such as respiration, pulse, temperature and movement) and a processor that can interpret the results of multiple vital sign readings. A two way communication device alerts the pet owner, veterinarian or authorities. A veterinarian can remotely take a particular vital sign measurement when alerted. The sensor elements embedded in the collar's band has at least one elastic pin extending toward the animal's neck to gather data processed on the collar or remotely. To improve STN ratio, an elastic layer may absorb noise from friction due to movement of the animal's head. The collar may adjust the tightness of the band for taking vital sign readings. For example pump may injects air through a tubular compertment running along the circumference of the band. A safety mechanism may release the collar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Applicant: PatPace Ltd.
    Inventor: Avi Menkes
  • Patent number: 8281749
    Abstract: A pet accessory pendant is provided. The pet accessory pendant houses components for a pet accessory, such as a bark control device, a containment fence receiver, a remote trainer, a pet locator, and the like. The pet accessory pendant is mountable to animal collars of various sizes, lengths, widths, and thicknesses. Specifically, the pet accessory pendant is attachable to an animal collar such that the pet accessory pendant comfortably hangs in a pendant fashion and minimizes pressure points on the animal. Additionally, the pet accessory pendant is readily attachable to and detachable from the collar without removing the animal collar from the animal, thereby reducing the need to adjust the fitment of the pet accessory pendant for each use. Thus, the pet accessory pendant allows a single animal collar to be easily converted between a general-purpose animal collar and an animal collar with attached pet accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Ricky Lynn Dukes
  • Publication number: 20120247397
    Abstract: The proposed device allows for the remote control of a comprising mechanical collar simulating the rapid jerking motion of the leash on the neck of an animal subject for training purposes. The device is based on electromagnet fixed on the collar containing a solenoid and core. Under the current pulse the solenoid core is sharply ejected, the tip momentarily presses on the dog's neck as a result, there is a momentary constriction of the collar, similar to the pressure caused by the rapid jerking of a leash as performed in animal training. The remote control of the device is performed by use of radio signal coded pulses from the pulse transmitter that is held by the dog's owner in hands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Matvey Lvovskiy, Alexander Falkovsky, Mikhail Lvovsky, Alexander Efros
  • Publication number: 20120247401
    Abstract: The invention provides a pet music system for providing music and sound effects to pets for influencing, modifying and controlling their mood and behavior. The pet music system of the present invention comprises a portable, lightweight music player, such as an MP3 player, for example, removably attached to the collar of a pet or the halter of a large animal. The music player also incorporates at least one speaker, and a plurality of control buttons for selectively playing a song or sound effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: Roman Nolet
  • Patent number: 8248248
    Abstract: An electronic device and transmitter allowing animal owners to locate their animals by a non-verbal audible output signal and a visual output signal. A method for training animals to elicit a desired behavior based upon stimuli emitted from an electronic device. The electronic device and method enable animal owners to quickly find their animals that might not otherwise respond to verbal commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Patricia J. Hill
  • Patent number: 8240869
    Abstract: The present invention is an equestrian light device comprised of a plurality of lighting elements which can be secured to the bridle, saddle, stirrups and other pieces of tack, and which provides a rider with the ability to view a path before the turning of a horse to go down the path, in addition to illuminating a zone of safety to provide a rider with adequate visibility to discern obstacles that may impede the progress of a horse on a path, or which may startle or injure the animal or rider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventors: Roberta Johnson, Clint Johnson
  • Patent number: 8230823
    Abstract: A dog flashlight illuminates the area in front of a dog in dark conditions, thereby eliminating the need for a dog owner to carry and direct a light source. The dog flashlight includes a housing containing at least one light source, a battery power supply for the light source, and a switch connected between the light source and the power supply for energizing and de-energizing the light source. When energized, the light source has sufficient brightness to illuminate the area in front of the dog so that the dog owner can observe the illuminated area for control purposes. One preferred embodiment includes an attachment device having a band carrying the housing and adapted to fit around the neck of the dog so that the housing is located in front of the chest of the dog.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Jacquelyn R. Simoni
  • Publication number: 20120186536
    Abstract: A cat's collar has mounted on it a device (10) which incorporates an accelerometer (15), a microprocessor (16), a battery (14) and a loudspeaker (12). The accelerometer (15) constantly monitors the position of the cat's head relative to its spine. When the cat's head ceases to move up and down and from side to side while the cat is moving forward, the cat is in stalking mode, and the microprocessor actuates an audible alarm to warn the intended prey.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Jonathan Leslie Charles Hall
  • Publication number: 20120152182
    Abstract: A lick deterrent strip for deterring an animal from licking a wound is provided. The lick deterrent strip is securable to the animal or a bandage such that the lick deterrent strip is positioned over the wound or near the area of the wound. As used herein, a “wound” refers to an injured area on an animal, including, but not limited to, abscesses, cuts, hot spots, incisions, punctures, sores, and stitches. When secured to the animal, the lick deterrent strip provides an exposed surface with electrically energized contacts arranged on the exposed surface. When a conductive portion of the animal, such as the animal's mouth, is placed in electrical communication with the contacts, the lick deterrent strip provides an electrical stimulus to the animal, which deters the animal from accessing or licking the wound.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Travis Vickery
  • Publication number: 20120085297
    Abstract: An architecture is presented that provides an audio dog collar system. The audio dog collar system comprises a pet collar for securing the audio dog collar to a pet and an audio player secured to the pet collar. The audio player comprises a USB port that utilizes a USB cable to upload songs and playlists directly from a computer to the audio player. Further, the audio player could also comprise a memory card port that utilizes a memory card. The memory card stores songs and playlists to be uploaded to the audio player. Furthermore, the audio dog collar system comprises a remote control to control operations of the audio player, weather-resistant speakers, and a rechargeable battery. Additionally, the audio player is contained within a zippered compartment of the pet collar for easy access.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventor: Gina Brown
  • Publication number: 20120085298
    Abstract: An animal light collar including a band, a housing, and a lighting device within the housing, such that the light collar is configured to fit around the neck of the animal. The band includes two ends connected to the housing. A portion of the lighting device, more specifically a battery-powered, light emitting diode, is inserted into ends of the band. The band further includes light scattering portions to distribute the light from the lighting device at the ends evenly throughout the band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: WOLTERS CAT & DOG GMBH
    Inventor: Frank Wolters
  • Publication number: 20120073517
    Abstract: A pet accessory pendant is provided. The pet accessory pendant houses components for a pet accessory, such as a bark control device, a containment fence receiver, a remote trainer, a pet locator, and the like. The pet accessory pendant is mountable to animal collars of various sizes, lengths, widths, and thicknesses. Specifically, the pet accessory pendant is attachable to an animal collar such that the pet accessory pendant comfortably hangs in a pendant fashion and minimizes pressure points on the animal. Additionally, the pet accessory pendant is readily attachable to and detachable from the collar without removing the animal collar from the animal, thereby reducing the need to adjust the fitment of the pet accessory pendant for each use. Thus, the pet accessory pendant allows a single animal collar to be easily converted between a general-purpose animal collar and an animal collar with attached pet accessory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Ricky Lynn DUKES
  • Patent number: 8136484
    Abstract: An irrigation system has a water distribution system, a controller, and a pet monitoring system. The controller may modify an irrigation setting of the water distribution system based on a pet elimination signal from the pet monitoring system. The pet elimination signal may correspond to an event such as a pet urination event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Benivoli, LLC
    Inventor: B. Delano Jordan