Canes, Sticks, Crutches, And Walking Aids Patents (Class 135/65)
  • Patent number: 11172739
    Abstract: The rolling stick is a supporting structure. The rolling stick transfers the load of a patient to a supporting surface. The rolling stick is a rolling structure. The rolling stick operates in a rolling mode and a stationary mode. The rolling stick includes a stanchion structure, a plurality of leg structures, and a caster structure. The plurality of leg structures and the caster structure attach to the stanchion structure. The stanchion structure transfers the load of the patient to the supporting surface. The caster structure rolls the rolling stick across the supporting surface. The plurality of leg structures forms a mechanical structure that: a) forms multiple load paths used for transferring the load of the patient to the supporting surface; and, b) stabilizes the rolling stick from rolling when the rolling stick is in the stationary mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventor: Jean Marie Corrigan
  • Patent number: 11116294
    Abstract: An improved walking device is disclosed wherein the walking device comprises an elongated body that is more than one foot in length, a movable arm coupled to the elongated body, a power source connector, a sensor, two rotation wheels, and two release and lock mechanisms, wherein the sensor is capable of detecting an orientation of the walking device and producing an electronic signal based on the orientation, wherein the electronic signal is capable of at least partially causing a rotational movement of the movable arm by releasing at least one of the two release and lock mechanisms, wherein the two release and lock mechanisms engage the two rotation wheels separately, and wherein the two rotation wheels are capable of driving the movable arm in two different directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Inventors: Gary L. Schroeder, Frank Sivo, Wang Su
  • Patent number: 11006709
    Abstract: A cane having: a primary leg with a top end and an opposed bottom end; a handle coupled to the top end of the primary leg; and at least two secondary legs that are each pivotably coupled to the primary leg between the top and bottom ends of the primary leg. Each of the at least two secondary legs is pivotable between a first, retracted position and a second, deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2021
    Assignees: United States Government as Represented by the Department of Veterand Affairs, Challenge America
    Inventors: Aidan Richard Wilhelm Friederich, Christopher Lee Carter, Angela Payton, Michael Christopher Tracz, Emily Rose Szabo, Elle Marcus, Michael Fugate, Jason Grenfell, Scott Rawlings
  • Patent number: 10926391
    Abstract: A powered fastener driving tool, and particularly a powder-actuated tool, including in various embodiments both a pipe hook assembly including a pipe hook, and a belt hook assembly including a belt hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Jablonski, Edward Eaton, Brian Hurvitz, Joey Lee
  • Patent number: 10898406
    Abstract: A shock absorbing handle for a white cane for blind people or visually impaired, incorporates resilient members within its handle, primarily in the form of a spring located in the handle region of the cane, in order to cushion the impact when the lower tip of the cane encounters an obstruction. A length of resilient cord, such as a bungee cord, extends from the top of the handle of the cane, to the lower tip of its bottom most segment, so that when the cord is stretched, the various segments can be separated from their connecting ferrules, and contracted into a smaller size for packaging. The various segments can be stretched, through their resilient cord, and secured together, to form the lengthy white cane, having cushioning impact provided within its handle, to relieve stress upon the user, when obstructions are encountered during usage of the cane during its application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: John McAteer
  • Patent number: 10888489
    Abstract: In one aspect there is disclosed a walking aid (10). The walking aid (10) comprises a support leg (12) having an operative upper end (16) and an operative lower end (18). The walking aid (10) further comprises a wheel assembly (14) for operative attachment to the lower end (18) of the support leg (12). The wheel assembly (1.4) is adapted to be pushed in a forward direction by a user resting on the support leg (12). The wheel assembly (14) comprises a chassis (26) supporting (i) at least one wheel (28) and (ii) a stop (30). The stop (30) is operatively adapted to co-operate with the at least one wheel (30) such that a torque applied to the support leg (12) by the user will arrest movement of the wheel assembly (14) in the forward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventor: John Katsiris
  • Patent number: 10849395
    Abstract: Several embodiments are provided of a device which is tunable for providing a walking aid user with passive haptic feedback. The haptic feedback is provided to the user when a predetermined, desired force in the device is reached. The force, often simply an axial force, in the device is inputted by the user, who is looking to support some of his or her body weight, thereby taking some weight off of one or both legs for some purpose. The amount of body weight support the user would input is often expressed in terms of percentage of the user's total body weight, and can therefore be predetermined and the device tuned accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignees: University of Washington, The United States as represented by the Department of Veteran Affairs
    Inventors: Patrick M. Aubin, Chris Richburg, Joseph Czerniecki, Evan Schuster
  • Patent number: 10709261
    Abstract: An improved baby carrier is disclosed that includes a support frame coupled to a seating assembly though a suspension mechanism to provide weight support for a baby or toddler. The baby carrier includes an attachment harness worn by an adult to provide non-slip coupling between the baby carrier and the adult. The baby carrier also includes a semi-rigid coupling between the seat and harness assembly, a seat height adjustment capability, a sturdy support frame configuration, and a braking system. The baby carrier is a structurally stable device, and during use, significantly reduces the load of carrying the baby or toddler on the adult. Further, the baby carrier can have a compact size in a “stowed mode” for mobility, and can be used to meet a variety of user needs and carrying scenarios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: BridgeHub LLC
    Inventors: Yongmei Wang, Xinlin Ye, Ting Wang, Jianyong Zhou
  • Patent number: 10667618
    Abstract: A portable deployable stanchion assists a seated individual. The stanchion includes an elongate arcuate support base shaped and dimensioned to extend from the heel along the rear of the ankle and at least a portion of the calf of an individual. A first telescoping member is pivotally attached to the support base. A second articulating support member is attached to the support base and to the telescoping member. The telescoping member when deployed has a length in the range of twelve to twenty-four inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Robert L. Distler
  • Patent number: 10653217
    Abstract: A trackable walking cane assembly for locating a misplaced walking cane includes a walking cane that is manipulated for assisting a physical disabled user with walking. A tracking unit is positioned within the cane and the tracking unit is in electrical communication with a global positioning system (gps) to determine a physical location of the cane. A remote control is manipulated by a user when the user misplaces the cane. The remote control selectively emits a location signal to the tracking unit thereby actuating the tracking unit to emit an audible alert. In this way the tracking unit to assists the user with locating the cane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Cedomir Capic
  • Patent number: 10631600
    Abstract: The illuminated safety cane is a walking cane comprising a handle and a shaft. The shaft is a rigid cylinder with a plurality of apertures covered by a plurality of windows through which a plurality of lights may provide illumination. The plurality of lights may be white, yellow, or red LEDs mounted onto one or more circuit boards located within the shaft. The white lights may provide illumination, the yellow lights may provide cautionary warnings, and the red light may indicate danger or distress. The lights may be illuminated individually or in groups through user activation of an operator control located on the handle. The handle provides a grasping point for the cane and encloses one or more batteries, the operator control, and an audible panic alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Kurai Moyo
  • Patent number: 10583064
    Abstract: An apparatus for assisting a user with safer descent of a stairway that has at least one handrail. The apparatus essentially serves as a second handrail which the user can hold onto and depend on to support their weight, while holding onto a handrail while they descend the stairway. The user would use the apparatus in the handrail engaged configuration when descending a stairway, and in the stowed configuration for all other venues. The portability allows the user to bring the apparatus with them everywhere, enabling the user to become comfortable and confident with the apparatus' use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventor: Nathan Kazumi Chang
  • Patent number: 10575607
    Abstract: A walking cane is provided having a foot, a handle, a pole member having a hollow interior cavity or shaft connecting said foot with said handle, an adjustable spring contained within said hollow shaft, and a tension adjusting mechanism operatively associated with said adjustable spring constructed and arranged to adjust spring tension imparted when downward force is applied from said handle, through said shaft and terminating at said foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Chuck Bullard
  • Patent number: 10561564
    Abstract: A mobility enhancing device in the form of an exoskeleton provides mobility assistance or enhancement to a user within the exoskeleton. The exoskeleton may include a torso support and two leg supports coupled to the torso support. Each leg support may include a hip joint, a knee joint, a foot module, and panels connecting the torso support to the hip joints, the hip joints to the knee joints, and the knee joints to the foot modules. Actuators such as motors may be positioned in a discrete location on exoskeleton away from the relatively bulky knee and hip joints to provide for a low profile of the exoskeleton, which may allow the exoskeleton to be worn inconspicuously under a user's clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Unlimited Tomorrow, Inc.
    Inventors: Easton J. LaChappelle, Aaron Blue
  • Patent number: 10507154
    Abstract: A method for exercising a joint and a limb of a patient. The method includes supporting the limb at an angle with an actuation arm of an exercise device. The actuation arm is rotatable about a rotation axis and includes a first portion and a second portion. The second portion is movable in a direction perpendicular to the rotation axis. The method further includes restricting movement of the second portion of the actuation arm and a foot plate at a distal end of the second portion in the direction perpendicular to the rotation axis unless force exerted on the foot plate by the patient exceeds a predetermined force as measured by a foot plate load cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Paul Ewing
  • Patent number: 10449108
    Abstract: A robot includes a rotary element capable of rolling over a walking surface on which a user walks, a handle held by the user, a handle load detector that detects a handle load applied to the handle by the user, and a projector that projects light onto the walking surface, the projector being operable to change the light based on the detected handle load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazunori Yamada, Mayu Yokoya
  • Patent number: 10434028
    Abstract: A step aid device has a series of support structures positioned on a flight of stairs to assist a user with a lower leg injury to climb the stairs. A first support structure may be disposed on a first plane. The first support structure has a first side, a second side oppositely disposed from the first side, and a perimeter disposed between the first side and the second side. A second support structure may be disposed on a second plane. The second support structure has a first side, a second side oppositely disposed from the first side, and a perimeter disposed between the first side and the second side. The second support structure the second plane may be offset from the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Debra L. Barto
  • Patent number: 10420697
    Abstract: A device for assisting navigation including a body defining a middle portion having a first end and a second end, a handle portion at one of the first or second ends, a holder that is removably mounted with another end of the first or second ends of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: HONG KONG R&D CENTRE FOR LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAI
    Inventors: Hailong Zhu, Feng Lu, Guangbo Li, Xiaosheng Chen, Chilun Mak, Jiankun Su, Tingwen Xiong
  • Patent number: 10306958
    Abstract: The illuminated walking cane is a mobility assistance device. The illuminated walking cane is configured for use with a person. The illuminated walking cane comprises a cane and an illumination system. The cane provides mobility assistance and support during use of the illuminated walking cane. The illumination system provides a general area illumination and a point illumination source for use in low light conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Kingsley Oligie, Linda Gilmore-Oligie
  • Patent number: 10278887
    Abstract: In one example, we describe a device for Crutches and Sitting Device as an improvement of the basic crutch to provide needed support to ameliorate potential injuries and improve ambulation for persons suffering from injured lower limbs, lumbar region or other injuries, and who frequently require using crutches for mobility. Normally, the conventional crutches require more energy from the user than merely walking, and frequently, a crutch user may require rest. Prior crutch systems have not provided a convenient way to provide the user with such rest. We have solved all these problems here. Many other different variations are shown here, as well, such as walkers and specially curved handles for better grip and less/no injury. Also, we show crutch support in sitting position that works as a simple and handy decompression system for herniated or bulged discs and injured/weak back muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: ND PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Nami Khademhosseini
  • Patent number: 10201436
    Abstract: A present invention provides a joint power control device. A joint interlock displacement part (52) of a power transmission movable mechanism (53), which is comprising of a moving pulley (51) and the like, is connected to a joint mechanism (5) disposed between a first member (2) and a second member (3). A flexible lengthy member (32), which is one of two flexible lengthy members (32, 32) extending from the power transmission movable mechanism (53), is connected to a control mechanism (54) that controls the movement of the flexible lengthy member (32). Further, an elastic structure (31) is engaged with the other flexible lengthy member (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yosuke Ikedo, Toru Takenaka, Hiroshi Gomi, Yoshinao Sodeyama, Kenichi Katagiri
  • Patent number: 10188577
    Abstract: A joint power generating device (8) has a multilayer structure constituted by alternately stacking an elastic member (41), which incorporates a hermetically sealed air chamber, and a partition plate (42) with high stiffness, an elastic structure (31), which has a through hole (43) formed therein, and a flexible lengthy member (32) inserted in the through hole (43). The joint power generating device (8) is configured to transmit a force between the lengthy member (32) and the elastic structure (31) such that the force for compressing the elastic structure (31) increases as the tension on the lengthy member (32) increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Takenaka, Hiroshi Gomi, Yosuke Ikedo, Yoshinao Sodeyama, Kenichi Katagiri
  • Patent number: 10174932
    Abstract: An attachable light accessory for a walker illuminates the forward and downward walking direction of an individual when using the walker. The light accessory includes a housing, a power source, and a plurality of light modules attached to the housing, a controller, and a plurality of sensors including a bump sensor, tip sensor, and light sensor. An adaptor mount is removeably attached to the light accessory, which may be attached to horizontal cross-member of the walker to allow the light accessory to be installed and retrofitted on any existing walker. The light accessory also includes a sound activated sensor for remotely activating the light accessory to help identify the location of the walker in dark areas, an audible alarm that is activated when the walker tips over, and other control and sensor features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Neal Rosenblum
  • Patent number: 10159615
    Abstract: A lifting device is herein disclosed including an elongated member of substantially rigid material having a first end and a second end, wherein the elongated member is sufficiently resilient such that the elongated member may bend up to five degrees and still return to a vertical position, at least one grip circumferentially attached to the elongated member, wherein the at least one grip is friction fit onto the elongated member, wherein the at least one grip has a first end, a second end, and a central portion, patient grip safety ring located circumferentially about the first end of the central portion of the at least one grip, wherein the ring has an exterior lip that has a radius between 10 degrees and 45 degrees with respect to a perpendicular axis of the elongated member, and an anchor pad pivotably attached to the second end of the elongated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Donald Arthur Brown, Shirley Jean Brown
  • Patent number: 10159315
    Abstract: The illuminated walking cane comprises a shank, a finial, a plurality of LEDs, one or more batteries, and an on/off control. The walking stick may provide support to a user while walking or hiking. The plurality of LEDs covering the shank may provide illumination and increase visibility after dusk and at night. The plurality of LEDs are powered by the one or more batteries and are turned on or off using the on/off control which may be located on the finial at the top of the shank. The illuminated walking cane may further comprise a blinker circuit and a blinker control. The blinker circuit may interrupt the electrical circuit powering the plurality of LEDs in a repeating pattern, thus causing the plurality of LEDs to blink. Multiple blink patterns may be selected by activating the blinker control on the finial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Joseph Digiorgio
  • Patent number: 10092469
    Abstract: A rotational transfer platform system which aids in transferring an immobile individual from one location to another. The rotational transfer platform system generally includes a platform which is rotatably connected to a base which is adapted to rest on the ground. A walker frame extends from the upper surface of the platform to aid in securing any individual standing on the platform. The walker frame may be adapted to transition between an expanded state for use and a collapsed state for transport or storage. A locking member may be utilized to selectively lock rotation of the platform with respect to the base in one of a plurality of different radial positions to ease with transferring an individual from one location to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Torrance D. Lillevold
  • Patent number: 10092817
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sport stick that measures the driving force generated by the upper body, which is applied to the ground through poles during the natural performance of nordic walking or any other sport, where poles are used to drive/propel the body forward. An inclination sensor along with a pole length sensor (pole length constant in a fixed length pole) has been placed into the pole for the achievement of the most suitable biomechanical performance, i.e. proper technique. The sport pole uses the Global Positioning System along with a topographical map to ensure that the slope of terrain does not affect the inclination sensor measurements. All collected data is analyzed by a control center, wherein correct usage models have been saved along with a collection of the user's anthropometric and fitness levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Terje Muuli, Kenneth Muuli
  • Patent number: 10034812
    Abstract: A crutch having a first side direction, a second side direction opposite the first side direction, a third side direction perpendicular to the first side direction and a fourth side direction opposite the third side direction, the crutch including an elongate leg having a top end, a top portion, a middle portion, a bottom portion, and a bottom end, wherein the elongate leg extends from a saddle to a foot and has a handle disposed on the middle portion, wherein the saddle extends in an elongate shape between the first side direction and the second side direction, wherein the handle extends in an elongate shape between the first side direction and the second side direction, wherein the elongate leg middle portion is to the third side direction of an axis extending between the leg and the foot, wherein the elongate leg middle portion is to the first side direction of an axis extending between the top end of the elongate leg and the bottom end of the elongate leg; and wherein the handle is cantilevered and has a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Mobi, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Weber, Shawn Monitor, Michael Grider
  • Patent number: 10004306
    Abstract: An improved cane is disclosed. The improved cane can include a handle, a leg, and grip portions. The handle can attach perpendicularly on top of the leg to form a T-shape. A first portion of the handle can be on a first side of the leg. A second portion of the handle can be on a second side of the leg. The grip portions can have a first grip portion wrapped around the first portion of the handle, a second grip portion wrapped around the second portion of the handle, and a plurality of leg grip portions together extending substantially from a first end of the leg to a second end of the leg and intermittent around a circumference of the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: David Randel, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9914006
    Abstract: A dumbbell used as a weight training device during a weight training or exercise program. Ball bearing wheels are used to allow user to accomplish most chest workouts with pushup form flies, and acting as pushup stands, ILIFTS allow deeper pushups. The dumbbell includes a gripping handle and a pair housing to secure weight plates inside. The provided handle is capable in rotating and the main advantage of the invention, there is disassembly is not required to move from one to another workout without any difficulties. The whole device is made from stainless steel, ball bearing wheels, and rubber cushion grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventor: Jared R. Bell
  • Patent number: 9903338
    Abstract: A wind turbine blade is provided. The wind turbine blade includes a first section and a second section adjacent the first section. At least one of the first section and the second section includes a skin segment and a network of support members disposed within the skin segment. The network of support members is configured for expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Wendy Wen-Ling Lin, Anurag Gupta
  • Patent number: 9849057
    Abstract: A rollator is disclosed, including first and second upright members, each including handle portions, wheels, hinges disposed between the wheels and the handle portions, channels disposed along the upright members between the hinges and the wheels, and lateral hinges orthogonal to the hinges. First and second foldable support members having wheels are attached to the hinges. At least one lateral support member is disposed between and attached to the lateral hinges, and includes an intermediate hinge. Brake systems include brake lines communicating between brake controls and brakes. In a reversible storage configuration, the foldable support members are rotated to be at least partially disposed in the channels, and the lateral hinges and intermediate hinge rotate to collapse the lateral support member, bringing the upright members with the folded foldable support members adjacent to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: More Joyful Living, LLC
    Inventors: Jane Leader Janeczek, Theodore Janeczek, David Celento
  • Patent number: 9826806
    Abstract: In accordance with one or more embodiments and corresponding disclosure, various non-limiting systems, devices, and methods are described in connection with an assistive support device that provides feedback to a user. In an aspect, disclosed is a system comprising, a first sensor component that generates a first set of sensor data based on a first set of force applied to an assistive support device. The system also comprises a data repository component that stores a first set of sensor data provided by the assistive support device. Furthermore, in an aspect, the system comprises a feedback component that employs a feedback mechanism based on an occurrence of a value of an applied force to the assistive support device of the first set of force applied being greater than or less than a threshold value of an applied force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Pranav Challa
  • Patent number: 9808391
    Abstract: A safety device for a walker includes a distance measuring sensor for determining whether a user is at too far or too close distances relative to the front side of the walker. The sensor provides data to a CPU processor indicative of such events. The processor includes logic which analyzes such data and provides audial, visual and/or tactile stimuli to the user warning the user that he/she is at undesirable distances relative to the walker. The process logic can be modified so as to vary the type and/or frequency of warnings given to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Lorie Zacharias-Verdi
    Inventor: Lorie Zacharias-Verdi
  • Patent number: 9801437
    Abstract: A walking equipment with a lighting apparatus includes a main body, a mount, at least one lighting apparatus, and a power apparatus. The main body has a grip, and the mount is disposed in the main body. The lighting apparatus is connected the mount and projects a horizontal line beam and a vertical line beam. The power apparatus is electrically connected the lighting apparatus. The lighting apparatus is turned on and projects a vertical line marking and a horizontal line marking onto the ground, so the user is guided and takes a step by referring the vertical line marking and horizontal line marking to prevent falling and unforeseen accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Ko-Liang Ho
  • Patent number: 9763839
    Abstract: A walker standing aid accessory package consists of a lower attachment and an upper attachment. The lower foot bar piece allows the caregiver to utilize body weight to pin the walker's front legs to the floor or ground surface securely. The upper part incorporates multiple hand placement stabilization choices for both the patient and the caregiver. This invention increases patient's self help and reduces most of the caregiver's exertion. Once the patient is standing upright, the caregiver may step aside and monitor said patients immediate ambulation. The accessory package converts an existing walker into a device that not only helps the patient to stand but also reduces the strain on the caregiver. The walker with the accessories installed offers no interference or compromise to the existing walker's integrity, mobility or storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: GANM, LLC
    Inventors: Gary Dempsey Morris, Nancy Elaine Moore-Morris
  • Patent number: 9693926
    Abstract: A apparatus includes an a exoskeleton system with a plurality of sensors for generating signals indicating a current motion and a current arrangement of at least the exoskeleton system, a hip segment, and at least one lower limb. The lower limb includes thigh and shank segments for coupling to a lateral surface of a user's leg. The thigh segment includes a first powered joint coupling the thigh segment to the hip segment, a second powered joint coupling the thigh segment to the shank segment, and a controller coupled to the sensors, the first powered joint, and the second powered joint. The controller is configured for determining a current state of the exoskeleton system and a current intent of the user based on the signals and generating control signals for the first and second powered joints based on the current state and the current intent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Michael Goldfarb, Ryan J. Farris, Hugo A. Quintero
  • Patent number: 9651069
    Abstract: A mounting system for a portable device includes a top case, a bottom case coupled to the top case, and first and second arms on two sides of the top case and the bottom case and spaced away from each other. Each of the first and second arms include a first section and a second section. In a first state where the top case is pushed toward the bottom case and a first distance is between the first and second arms, the first sections protrude outside from the top case. In a second state where the second sections are pushed toward each other and a second distance smaller than the first distance is between the first and second arms, the first sections do not protrude outside from the top case or protrude outside from the top case less than in the first state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: IOTTIE, INC.
    Inventors: John Aspinall, James Byun, Kyu Seop Lee, Alan Yu Tung Ng
  • Patent number: 9596966
    Abstract: The container retention assembly for retaining a urinal at a selected height includes a base that may be positioned on a support surface. The base includes a bottom rod and a top armature that extend upwardly to support a portable urinal. The assembly is adapted to be rolled like a walker or parked adjacent a bed in order for the portable urinal to be supported when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventor: Jacqueline Taylor
  • Patent number: 9561150
    Abstract: A tubular crutch including a tubular crutch body, a cantilever handle and a ground engaging extension is described. The cantilever handle includes a curved base plate, a plurality of bolts, a tubular member, a plurality of locking nuts, a key, and a contoured component. The tubular crutch also includes a ground engaging extension with a spring loaded button that is received at the bottom of the tubular elongated member. The tubular crutch body includes a tubular posterior stabilizing element, a first concave curve adjacent to the posterior stabilizing element, a second convex curve proximate to the first concave curve, a third concave curve proximate to the second convex curve and a tubular elongated portion adjacent to the third concave curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: CAREBORNE, LLC
    Inventor: Philip William Dickerson, II
  • Patent number: 9554960
    Abstract: A wearable motion supporting device includes a waist portion frame having a long base portion in a right-left direction of a wearer, a pair of right and left lower extremity frames connected to a lower portion of the waist portion frame, a back portion frame connected to an upper portion of the base portion of the waist portion frame, and a connection portion connecting the back portion frame and the base portion of the waist portion frame. The connection portion is made of a rotational mechanism of one DOF (Degree Of Freedom) on a frontal plane, for example, a four-node link mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masayuki Kamon
  • Patent number: 9510992
    Abstract: A rehabilitation device with pace pattern projecting function and seat structure and a control method thereof are provided. The rehabilitation device includes a body with a moving module, a projection device, a first sensor and a control system. The projection device projects pace patterns on a walking plane. The first sensor detects a walking situation of a user on the walking plane. Based on the walking situation detected by the first sensor, the control system adjusts a distance between the rehabilitation device and the user by controlling the moving module and adjusts a position of the pace patterns on the walking plane by controlling the projection device. Moreover, a movable seat mechanism is also disposed on the rear of the rehabilitation device. The user can sit down on the movable seat mechanism and towards the front of the rehabilitation device to rest moderately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: National Taiwan University
    Inventors: Li-Chen Fu, Cheng-Hsien Lin, Chung-Dial Lim, Chia-Ming Wang, Shih-Huang Tseng
  • Patent number: 9504623
    Abstract: An exoskeleton, configurable to be coupled to a person, includes an exoskeleton trunk connected to first and second leg supports at respective hip joints, which allow for flexion and extension about respective hip axes. A counterweight device including an auxiliary mass is connected to the exoskeleton trunk through an actuator such that the auxiliary mass extends in a position behind the exoskeleton trunk. A front load is supported by the exoskeleton through a load bearing device including a load shifting device for selectively operating powered reel mechanisms to raise or lower the front load with respect to the exoskeleton trunk. The auxiliary mass can be selectively shifted with respect to the exoskeleton trunk to balance the moment created about the hip axes by the auxiliary mass and the moment created by a downward force of the load on the load bearing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Ekso Bionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Russdon Angold, Adam Zoss, Jon Burns, Kurt Amundson, Nathan Harding
  • Patent number: 9408740
    Abstract: This document provides methods and materials related to relieving neck pain. For example, neck pain relieving devices as well as methods for making and using neck pain relieving devices to provide relief from chronic or acute neck pain by providing support to the back of the head are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
    Inventor: Mark A. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 9375377
    Abstract: A hands-free crutch assembly allows a user's foot to float suspended over an artificial foot, while transferring at least a portion of the walking load to the upper leg and permitting more natural knee flexion and extension while walking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: Amanda Marie Edwards
  • Patent number: 9345297
    Abstract: A walker standing assist device for aiding the user of a walker or a wheeled mobility device to stand or arise from a seated position. Most walkers have their hand grips that are too high for normal users to utilize in the standing process. The users hands are directed to an area that locates their position to the walker's support frame members and thus within the center of gravity of the walker. The walker standing assist device generally includes a hand platform disk that is rotatable and pivotable to the users changing hand position in the arising or standing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: Robert Brady
  • Patent number: 9254021
    Abstract: The present cane and grabber device can be a cane component and a grabber component. The grabber component can be housed within the cane component or can be unsheathed from the cane component and utilized to grab one or more objects. In an embodiment, the cane component can provide support to a user both while housing the grabber component and while the grabber component has been unsheathed. In an alternative embodiment, one or more grabber components can be housed by a walker or other similar support providing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventors: George A. Paybins, Sara M Paybins
  • Patent number: 9132056
    Abstract: A crutch with wheels has a frame structure comprising a straight front frame part, a curved rear frame part and a strut extending between the straight front frame part and the curved rear frame part. A handle is provided in the upper part of the front frame part and a wheel is provided in the lower part of the front frame part. The upper part of the rear frame part is connected to the front frame part and a pair of wheels is provided in the lower part of the rear frame part. A tubular part is fixed to the lower part of the handle, which tubular part is detachably insertable into or over the upper end of the front frame part and in that a lower part of the tubular part is designed for connection to a ferrule when the handle is withdrawn from the front frame part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: HÄLSO OCH LASERSPECIALISTERNA MÄLARDALEN KB
    Inventor: Hans Westerlund
  • Publication number: 20150075575
    Abstract: A mobility assistance apparatus includes first and second frames positioned on left and right sides of a user; a hinge arm mechanism coupled to the first and second frames; and a harness or a walking seat coupled to the frames to transfer at least a portion of the user's body weight from the legs and to transfer weight through the user's hip or pelvis to the first and second frame enabling the user to stand or walk for an extended period without requiring the user's arms to hold the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Robert J. Karlovich
  • Patent number: 8974232
    Abstract: A computer readable storage medium includes executable instructions to receive sensor data measurements associated with usage of a mobility aid device and extract sensor feature parameters from the sensor data measurements. The computer readable storage medium further includes executable instructions to derive a usage state corresponding to the usage of the mobility aid device, based on the sensor feature parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Christian Behrenbruch, William Kaiser, Majid Sarrafzadeh, Maxim Batalin