Combined And Convertible Patents (Class 135/66)
  • Patent number: 10426689
    Abstract: A rotatable shock absorber assembly for a crutch. A guide pin is removably fixable within the upper portion of a support leg. A piston comprises a flange arranged proximate a saddle, comprising a top surface having two or more arcuate rotation grooves defined therein, and a main body defining an elongate slot enabling the guide pin to be inserted therethrough, such that the piston can translate along the elongate axis relative to the guide pin. A joint, can operably couple the piston to the saddle. The joint can rotate about the elongate axis relative to the piston. A biasing mechanism is configured to urge the piston along the elongate axis toward the armpit of the user whereby the saddle can be held stable in the armpit of the user and the support leg can rotate about, and translate along the elongate axis during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Mobi Acquisition Company, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Weber, Matthew Steinrueck
  • Patent number: 10429058
    Abstract: The present invention is a durable illuminated shaft affixed to a tool portion. The shaft being configured to provide a level of illumination that may be seen by others in an area adjacent to the shaft order to increase the visibility of a worker to prevent accidents and injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: GLOCORE TOOLS, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew L McKean, Scott Russell
  • Patent number: 10413075
    Abstract: Improved seats and methods of sitting are provided for meditation and other activities that urge a user to settle naturally into a proper alignment of their spine so that they can develop a natural sense of balance and related muscle memory that enables them to continue the posture when not using the seat of the present invention. Seats of the present invention include a supported portion that includes a sitting surface and a leg portion having a proximal end that may be connected to the supported portion. The leg portion further includes a distal end that acts as a pivot on a floor or other surface suitable for supporting the seat and user, thereby allowing the user to balance themselves around the pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Sean Robinson
  • Patent number: 10408400
    Abstract: A beacon device to be installed on a tower, the device including: an electric energy generating unit comprising: at least one photovoltaic module able to be wound over at least part of the circumference of the tower, and a light energy generating unit configured to be fastened on the tower the light energy generating unit comprising: a housing having a periphery, a storage member storing the electric energy generated by the electric energy generating unit, a regulating member regulating the charge of the storage member, and a light-emitting member supplied by the storage member, the light-emitting member extending over the periphery of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: ARMOR
    Inventors: Nicolas Vannieuwenhuyse, David Loureiro, Amaury Martin, Christophe Derennes
  • Patent number: 10405620
    Abstract: A walking aid is provided for assisting a user during walking on a surface. The walking aid includes a handle configured to be grasped by a hand of the user; a surface contacting portion configured to contact the surface on which the user walks; a shaft having a first end and a second end, the shaft being positioned between the handle at the first end and the surface contacting portion at the second end; and a multi-chamber storage compartment located in the handle, the multi-chamber storage compartment having a plurality of individual chambers that are separated from one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Terence Michael Quinn
  • Patent number: 10401114
    Abstract: A firearm rear stabilizing crutch is disclosed having a shaft with a proximal end and a distal end, and an underarm firearm support on the proximal end of the shaft. The underarm firearm support has a support base with front and rear ends and a top element extending therebetween, with the top element defining a generally curved profile extending from proximate the front end to proximate the rear end. A support nose extends from the front end of the support base, with the support nose defining a recess therein for accommodating a firearm buttstock. The distal end of the shaft is configured to be engaged with the ground when the crutch is being used to support a firearm in a shooting position. Some embodiments of the crutch include integrated storage for the shaft and spikes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Floyd Products LLC
    Inventor: John Franklin Floyd
  • Patent number: 10383786
    Abstract: Embodiments for utilizing a human compound eye using internet of things (“HCEI”) for obstacle protection of a user by a processor. One or more objects may be determined within an obstacle threshold distance in relation to a user according to data captured from one or more internet of things (IoT) devices associated with a wound dressing, a mobility assistance device, or a combination thereof. The user may be alerted of the one or more objects within the obstacle threshold distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventors: Anand Pikle, Amol Dhondse, Gandhi Sivakumar, Maharaj Mukherjee, Faried Abrahams
  • Patent number: 10342720
    Abstract: A walker seat may include a seat bottom and a support structure. The seat bottom may include an anterior region, a posterior region, an upper side, and a lower side. The lower side may include a central segment retention portion. The support structure may include a central segment, a left-side segment, and a right-side segment. The central segment may be retained by the central segment retention portion. The left-side segment may be extendable from a left side of the central segment, whereby the left-side segment extends beyond a left side of the seat bottom. Similarly, the right-side segment may be extendable from a right side of the central segment, whereby the right-side segment extends beyond a right side of the seat bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Margaret M. Andersen, Brendan Fong, Ben Wang
  • Patent number: 10285882
    Abstract: A wirelessly controlled wheelchair assembly comprises a wheel driving unit, a seat edge and footrest lifting unit, a back-rest lifting unit and a seat retracting unit. The wheelchair assembly further comprises a microcontroller electronically coupled with the wheel driving unit, the seat edge and footrest lifting unit, the back-rest lifting unit and the seat retracting unit. The microcontroller is configured to execute a plurality of commands to wirelessly control the operating of the wheelchair. The plurality of commands comprises commands for displacing the wheelchair from a source location to a destination location, lifting the user to slightly detach from the seat, opening the seat by retracting the one or more panels of the seat to enable accessibility of a toilet, move the user in the downward direction and reversing the above steps to restore the user in normal sitting posture. A method of operating the wheelchair assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Kwok Tung Chun
  • Patent number: 10258119
    Abstract: The current invention is an LED-lighted walking-cane. It is a fixed-height cane, with a string of LED lights coiled along the entire length. The user turns the lights on and off with a switch on the handle. The lights are battery-powered. The battery pack is stored in a cavity within the cane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Kathleen Cox, Thomas Cox
  • Patent number: 10226177
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, devices, and methods for monitoring mobility aids are provided. An example apparatus includes a wheel attachment assembly, a motion sensor, and a transceiver. The wheel attachment assembly is configured to removably attach to a wheel of a mobility aid. The motion sensor is configured to measure rotation of the wheel attachment assembly. The transceiver is in electronic communication with the motion sensor and configured to transmit data based on measurements from the motion sensor. An example system includes a monitoring device and a stationary communication node. The monitoring device is configured to removably attach to a mobility aid and includes a transceiver and a motion sensor configured to measure motion of the monitoring device. The stationary communication node is configured to communicate with the monitoring device. An example method generates alerts based on data from an attachable monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Auto-Pilot Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Thomas Chamberlain
  • Patent number: 10149464
    Abstract: A tackle storage assembly for storing fishing tackle within a fishing rod includes a fishing rod that has a handle and a rod. The handle is substantially hollow. A cylinder is provided and the cylinder contains fishing tackle. The cylinder is slidably positioned in the handle of the fishing rod. Thus, the cylinder is selectively stored in the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Scott Free
  • Patent number: 10149522
    Abstract: A multi-functional walking cane includes a body having a cavity provided with a centrally registered longitudinal axis, a proximal end and a distal end opposed therefrom, and a handle disposed at the proximal end. An object-grabbing mechanism is in operable communication with the body. Such an object-grabbing mechanism has an object-grabbing section seated exterior of the body. Advantageously, the object-grabbing section is configured to resiliently deploy between a retracted equilibrium position and an expanded tensioned position, respectively, upon receiving a corresponding user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Rose Persley
  • Patent number: 10143273
    Abstract: A multipurpose walking device is disclosed comprising a shaft (4) and a handle (6), the handle (6) being moveable in relation to the shaft between a first securable position and a second securable position, in which movement of the handle (6) between the first securable position and the second securable position causes a shoehorn (20) to move from a first retained position to a second deployed position. The incorporation of the shoehorn (20) into the multipurpose walking device allows a user to assist themselves when putting on footwear, while substantially reducing bending, and then to walk away. Such a restoration of mobility to a user is highly advantageous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Jeremy Laurence Monk
  • Patent number: 10064783
    Abstract: A collapsible personal wheeled conveyance comprises a first and second collapsible side frame, each having ground-contacting wheels, and at least one adjustable crossbar configured to physically connect the two collapsible side frames, the adjustable crossbar(s) having a selectively adjustable length. The adjustable crossbar(s) may be lockable or non-lockable. One or more of the adjustable crossbars may comprise seat-supporting adjustable crossbars. A seat can be configured to move laterally along such a seat-supporting adjustable crossbar to permit selective adjustment of the lateral position of this seat with respect to the side frames. One or more locking mechanisms can serve to lock the seat at a particular position. By one approach the aforementioned seat-supporting adjustable crossbar can include spacing indicia to visually indicate when the seat is centrally located between the first and second collapsible side frames for a particular selected length of the seat-supporting adjustable crossbars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhiliang Wang, Margaret M. Andersen, Frank Martorelli
  • Patent number: 10052787
    Abstract: Wooden articles such as toothpicks, stir sticks, skewers and chopsticks made from substrate wood that has been impregnated with spirit liquid or vapor. The substrate may come from spirit producing barrels or from other wood involved in the spirit making process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Thomas A. Petschke, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9956131
    Abstract: A walker device is described herein including two side frames, each side frame including a front vertical support, a rear vertical support and at least one connecting member extending between the front and rear vertical supports. The walker device further includes a cross bar extending between the two side frames and pivotally connecting to the front vertical supports of the two side frames. The walker device also includes a tension device which applies a resistive force to the pivoting motion between the first cross bar and the two side frames. The walker device is therefore capable of a pivoting configuration which enables the user to learn or re-learn a more natural gait pattern including rotation of the upper and lower body. Some embodiments of the walker device include a second, auxiliary cross bar that is parallel to the first cross bar and horizontally offset from the first cross bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Katherine Haik, Charles A. Haik
  • Patent number: 9958112
    Abstract: A mounting system for attaching items on railing spindles includes a plurality of rails, a fastener, and a rail hook for attaching accessories. The mounting system is configured to removably mount the rails to railing spindles without causing damage to the railing spindles, wherein the fastener is comprised of a first element configured to engage a surface of a flanged aperture on a second rail, and a second element configured to engage a first and second major surface of a first rail through aligned apertures of the first rail. The rail hook is then selectively attachable to the plurality of rails, wherein a plurality of accessories may be attached to the rail hooks for attaching items to railing spindles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventor: Brian Louis Johnson
  • Patent number: 9949887
    Abstract: A method for guiding the blind includes: determining a target direction; and controlling a mechanical device to shift its center of gravity toward the target direction according to the target direction; wherein the mechanical device comprises a balance weight, a connecting rod, and a rotating axis, the connecting rod is connected to the rotating axis, and the balance weight is located on the connecting rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventors: Zeyuan Xu, Bin Wang
  • Patent number: 9930941
    Abstract: An illuminated walking assistance apparatus. The illuminated walking assistance apparatus is made in the form of a staff having a light pipe in the lower portion thereof which provides diffused illumination in the immediate vicinity of the apparatus and at the same time, a bright light visible for a substantial distance to alert or signal others. A walking aid that may include an elongated support shaft to be used as a walking support. The length of the support shaft may extend between an upper end and a lower end. At the upper end of the elongated support shaft, the walking aid support may include a handle assembly that includes a hand grip. The walking aid may include a light source having a user interface that may be designed to selectably emit light outward from the elongated support shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Inventor: Rodney Philip Sarauer
  • Patent number: 9889061
    Abstract: A crutch and method of carrying packages using such crutch are disclosed. The crutch comprises a plurality of metal poles connected together and covered by an insulating material. An outwardly extending finger element along an upper edge on a top of the crutch is configured to detachably mount a package having a hanging loop by draping the hanging loop on the finger element. The crutch includes side poles and a center pole sandwiched between the side poles. A pocket for receiving a package or other item is between the side poles and an enclosure holding a stretchable netting is mounted to the crutch and is configured to enable a user to withdraw the netting from the enclosure and wrap the netting around the package. The user detachably connects a free end of the netting to a portion of crutch to secure the package to the crutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Lorelei Trask
  • Patent number: 9883985
    Abstract: The present cane and grabber device can comprise 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 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventors: George A. Paybins, Sara M Paybins
  • Patent number: 9877553
    Abstract: A walking cane is provided having an elongated length, a handle grip, a forward-directed illumination source, and an ambient light sensor. The device provides a cane-user with forward illumination during twilight and dark periods, whereby the ambient light sensor operably energizes the light source when in an appropriate operational mode. A secondary mode allows the user to manually operate or deactivate the light source by hand controls, wherein each option is selectable from a three-way switch at the base of the handle grip. The length of the cane may be adjustable and its structure may take on an ergonomic shape, while the lower distal end is capped with a cane ferrule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: James D. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 9763502
    Abstract: A walking stick that takes inspiration from nature to absorb energy in the downward first motion of a walking stride and then return the stored energy to aid in propelling the walker forward in the final forward motion of the walking stride all the while keeping the walker in an ergonomically correct position which minimizes discomfort and reduces wasted energy. The walking stick that is the subject of this patent application utilizes a dual flexure spring configured in an S-shape (hereafter referred to as an S-flexure spring) as an extension of the straight shaft of the stick. The shape and location of the S-flexure spring are such that the spring force helps propel the walker forward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Neal H. Rudin
  • Patent number: 9750973
    Abstract: Height-adjustable apparatus using a spring to urge forward and rearward undulating whippy locomotion. A hand-crawling embodiment enables users to engage in all-fours crawling locomotion while the body is conventionally situated in a two-legged orientation. A foot-bounding embodiment enables walkers, joggers, runners and jumpers to engage in forward and backward whippy locomotion. A crutch embodiment enables crippled or injured users to likewise engage in whippy locomotion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Weipeng Yang
  • Patent number: 9750653
    Abstract: A rigid tube extending along an axis is provided with a rectangular cross-section having enlarged centrally disposed arcuate sections for receiving tubular structural portions of walk assist devices such as canes or crutches. The rigid tube is provided with patterns of threaded mounting holes that accept locking machine bolts extending through mounting holes in a mounting plate; the mounting plate is provided with an arcuate groove for contacting and clamping a structural portion of a wheelchair or walker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventors: Thomas R. Christmas, Constance J. Smith
  • Patent number: 9717973
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a basketball stopping apparatus arranged for attachment to a basketball goal assembly. In some embodiments, the basketball stopping apparatus is configurable between a first position and a second position, the first position being arranged for the deflection of errant basketball shots and the second position being arranged for storage of the basketball stopping apparatus before and/or after use. Additionally, some embodiments include a wall coupled to base arms that are pivotably mounted to a bottom end of the basketball goal assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Indian Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Elpers, Michael Guerzini, Andrew Hughes
  • Patent number: 9700109
    Abstract: Devices and systems are disclosed which allow a user easier transfer from a seated position into a standing position, particularly those that are adapted to be usable as conventional canes and crutches when not employed for rising from a seat. Seated positions in which the present devices are applicable include at least seated positions in a car, on a commode, and in a bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Vadim Gordin
  • Patent number: 9693611
    Abstract: An electronic safety baton for providing a portable, multifunction security apparatus which includes both visual and audible interface is embodied as a baton housing that externally includes a lighting element, a speaker, a display screen, pulse sensors, two manual actuators, and a baton charging surface, internally includes a rechargeable battery, and utilizes a discrete floor charger mat. The electrically interconnected components on and in the baton housing enable a pulse reading system, a lighting system, and a panic system, each of which use electricity from the battery and are activated through manual engagement. The baton charging surface, when engaged with the floor charger mat, enables the recharging of the battery by allowing externally sourced electricity to be directed to the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Melvin Harris
  • Patent number: 9662264
    Abstract: Described is a walker that is a front entry walker that surrounds the user with a frame on three sides and that includes a fold-down seat when needed. The frame includes a first side frame, a second side frame and a rear frame connected between the first and second side frames. The rear frame includes the seat such that when the seat is in the stowed position, the seat in conjunction with the first and second side frames collectively surround the user on at least three sides. Further, an adjustable arm rest is attached with each of the first and second side frames. Notably, each adjustable arm rest has a forearm support and corresponding brake system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: James Sumner Jacobs
  • Patent number: 9655415
    Abstract: A rain protection system is provided herein which includes, (a) an umbrella having a canopy mounted to a post, and a handle at a lower end of the post, the handle having an open bottom end and having a hollow axial cavity; and (b) rain gear which is adapted to be removably insertable into said hollow axial cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventors: Yianni Adam Feldman, Sofia Feldman
  • Patent number: 9655799
    Abstract: The stabilizing turning aid system is a support platform that is specially designed for assisting mobility-challenged users in rising from and sitting in a chair, and to improve the ability of a physically challenged person to pivot their entire body with minimal body movement for greater mobility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Paul Walder, III
  • Patent number: 9615007
    Abstract: A camera assembly for an oven appliance including an attachment mechanism, an arm, and a camera is provided. The attachment mechanism is configured for attachment to a handle of an oven appliance door. The arm extends from the attachment mechanism to the camera, and attaches to at least one of the camera or a housing, if provided. The camera records or transmits images of the oven cavity to, e.g., a user device allowing a user to monitor a doneness of any food items positioned within the oven appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Charles Pfaffinger, Jr., Michael A. Funk, Rebekah Leigh Tyler
  • Patent number: 9545355
    Abstract: An attachment apparatus for a crutch including a pair of horizontal supports, a rectangular attachment having a back side and a front side, and a pair of clips. The pair of horizontal supports includes an upper support and a lower support. A right end of each of the upper support and the lower support, and a left end of each of the upper support and the lower support are attached to a right side support of a crutch and a left side support of a crutch, respectively. The pair of clips includes an upper clip and a lower clip. Each of the upper clip and the lower clip has a female receptor and a male member. Each of the female receptors is disposed on each of the pair of horizontal supports, and each of the male members is disposed on the back side of the attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Donald Keith Welch
  • Patent number: 9377820
    Abstract: A foot cushion mechanism with lifting function is disclosed. The foot cushion mechanism includes a foot cushion member, a holding base and at least one shape memory material member. The foot cushion member is installed on a housing and abuts against a supporting surface. The holding base and the foot cushion member are respectively installed on opposite sides of the housing. The at least one shape memory material member selectively connects the housing and the holding base or connects the holding base and the foot cushion member. The at least one shape memory material member deforms when being heated due to a shape memory effect, and the housing is driven by the shape memory effect to move away from the foot cushion member such that a distance between the housing and the supporting surface is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Chuan-Cheng Fu, Hung-Li Chen
  • Patent number: 9370226
    Abstract: A cane with grasping fingers. The cane includes a hollow shaft having a first end and a second end, a grasping mechanism within the first end of the shaft, and a release mechanism adjacent to the second end of the shaft. The release mechanism includes a handle, a trigger within the handle, and a release button. Pressing the release button extends the trigger beyond the handle and extends the grasping fingers beyond the first end of the shaft so that the grasping fingers are separated by a first distance. Squeezing the handle retracts the grasping fingers and reduces the distance between the grasping fingers to a second distance less than the first distance. Squeezing the handle so that the grasping fingers are fully retracted into the first end of the shaft results in the trigger and the grasping mechanism being locked into place until the release button is pressed again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Snapper Cane, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Minot Dole, Paul Joseph McMahon, Daniel Byrne
  • Patent number: 9346505
    Abstract: A convertible bicycle seat has a saddle, a saddle stem with an upper end and a lower end, the saddle being connected at the upper end of the saddle stem. A plurality of legs are attached at the lower end of the saddle stem and are pivotable between a first position in which the legs are located and aligned with the saddle stem, to a second position in which the legs extend outward from the saddle stem to support the saddle as a separate and independent stool-like seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: Robert Wilgosz
  • Patent number: 9311827
    Abstract: A wearable assistive device or system utilizing touch as a sensory modality to assist the ambulation of the visually impaired. The wearable assistive device or system is worn on a user's leg, and includes a pair of robotic arms that grip the ankles upon the detection of an object by an ultrasonic sensor within a predetermined distance. The device is also GPS-enabled to assist the navigation of a user from one place to another. The wearable assistive device is controlled by a computing device that is worn on the same foot or other foot of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Amal Abdullah Alqahtani
  • Patent number: 9089194
    Abstract: A mobility assistance device that employs a movable handle assembly and an extension support, both of which are movable between retracted and extended positions. The handle assembly is positioned when extended above a seating surface and provides leverage for a user to use his/her hands to assist in rising. The extendable support extends from a guide element along the floor beyond the center of gravity of the device and user to prevent tipping and to provide stability. When the extendable support and handle are disposed in the retracted position, the device is used like a typical cane, walker or rollator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Technology Innovators Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Tessier
  • Patent number: 9076355
    Abstract: The present invention provides crutch decorations that when applied to a crutch form a substantially flat surface between two opposing crutch columns. The flat surface is optimally used for placing printed advertising, designs, pictures, and the like, on the crutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Benjamin M. Morris
  • Patent number: 9044072
    Abstract: A hiking staff having one or more hollow interiors shaped to support a user's body weight when hiking. Survival gear, such as first aid supplies, a tent, and/or provisions for defense or food gathering needs, can be stored within the hollow interiors of the hiking staff. End caps enclosing the open ends of the hiking staff can be selectively removed to access the survival gear. A knife can be coupled with an end of the hiking staff for storage and/or use of the hiking staff as a spear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventors: Crolie E. Lindsay, Jr., Rodney A. Lindsay
  • Patent number: 9044374
    Abstract: An assisted walking device assists a visually impaired person by providing audible directions to guide a user to a particular destination while also notifying the user of obstacles. The device includes an elongated shaft and a processor mounted in the shaft. A global positioning system (“GPS”) is electrically coupled to the processor wherein the GPS is configured to provide orientation and directional data to the processor. A database has a mapped terrain and is operationally coupled to the GPS wherein the database compares the mapped terrain to the data provided by the GPS. An input actuator is electrically coupled to the processor and the GPS and is actuated to selectively choose a destination point. A speaker is electrically coupled to the processor, the GPS, and the database wherein the speaker is configured to transmit as voice messages the data from the GPS and the corresponding data from the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventor: Leon E. Stimpson
  • Patent number: 9016297
    Abstract: The present invention is a quad-wheeled and quad-legged cane. The cane typically includes one or more wheels, one or more rigid supporting structures, and one or more handles. The wheels of the cane are preferably retractable. The rigid support structures preferably overhang the wheels and generally provides fail-safe braking. The handles may be adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Gregg Salomon
  • Publication number: 20150107636
    Abstract: A chair-convertible walking stick includes a stick shank, a collar sleeve movable between distal and proximate positions on the stick shank, a carrier slidable between upper and lower positions on the stick shank, and a seat unit. The seat unit includes a middle portion pivotally connected to the collar sleeve, and left and right wing portions hinged to the middle portion. When the collar sleeve is displaced from the distal position to the proximate position, the seat unit is convertible from a use state, where middle portion is coplanar with the left and right wing portions, to a collapsed state, where the middle portion is at an included angle with each of the left and right wing portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Chih-Ting Pao
  • Patent number: 8997766
    Abstract: A walking stick chair includes a main stick, a seat unit, a support unit, and a linking unit. The seat unit includes a sleeve member connected in a fixed position to the main stick, and a seat member connected pivotally to the sleeve member and operable between a folded state and an unfolded state. The support unit is connected pivotally to the main stick. The linking unit is connected pivotally to the support unit and the seat member. When the seat member is at the unfolded state, the walking stick chair serves as a chair, and when the seat member is operated from the unfolded state to the folded state, the walking stick chair is converted from the chair to a walking stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Chih-Ting Pao
  • Publication number: 20150075576
    Abstract: A walking stick includes an upper section and a lower section connected by a boss assembly. The upper section comprises three elongate arm members each pivotal about a hinge located on an upper surface of the boss assembly between a first position in which it is generally upstanding and lies generally parallel with the other two elongate members and a second position in which it is inclined at an angle to the other two elongate arm members. The lower section comprises three elongate leg members each having an upper end positioned for pivotal movement relative to the boss assembly between a first position in which it is generally upstanding and lies generally parallel to the other two elongate leg members and a second position in which it is inclined at an angle to the other two elongate leg members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Paolo Gullo
  • 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: 8979188
    Abstract: The present invention is a single leg sitting device which has a collapsible leg which fits inside the seat for compact transportation or to turning the seat into a walking stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Walden Blaine Crabtree, Jr., Lee Thomas Gately
  • Patent number: 8978677
    Abstract: An improved cane with an internal grasping apparatus including an actuator on the cane handle and a plurality of clamps that extends from the foot or base of the cane. A cord system within the casing of the cane connects the actuator to the clamps so that when the actuator is in use, the clamps close or open to either grasp or release objects, depending on the amount of pressure applied to the actuator. Applying pressure to the actuator extends a plurality of clamps from the distal end of the cane that can be used to assist with grasping of objects. Releasing pressure to the actuator on the cane handle will retract the clamps back into the distal end of the cane to where the clamps are hidden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald Roberts
  • Publication number: 20150053245
    Abstract: A survival staff kit including: a knife, where the knife includes a handle, a guard and serrated blade; a first chamber, where the first chamber includes a spyglass and a first compartment; a second chamber, where the second chamber includes compartments for water, fire starter tools, hooks, fishing cord and a flash light; and an end cap, where the knife, first chamber, second chamber and end cap assembly to create a staff. The top of the handle may include a compass. In the preferred embodiment, the knife is inserted into the first chamber and the handle functions as a handle for the knife and is a handle grip for the survival kit once in an assembled position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Dorothy Bradburry