With Carrying Case Patents (Class 177/127)
  • Patent number: 9978185
    Abstract: Systems and methods which provide for activation of postage indicia at a point of sale are shown. In operation according to embodiments, unassigned (e.g., not yet activated or not yet representing postage value) tokens (e.g., IBI barcodes) suitable for later use as postage indicia are distributed to various point of sale locations, such as retail locations, consumer kiosks, vending machines, etc. and made available for purchase by users. Upon purchase, at a point of sale, such unassigned tokens are preferably activated as valid or “live” postage indicia. Thereafter, the postage indicia may be used to post mail items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Stamps.com Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Bortnak, Kenneth T. McBride
  • Patent number: 9901289
    Abstract: A method includes receiving, via an electronic scale device supporting a user thereon, an indication to begin a verified weight sequence. Responsive to the indication to begin, the method includes: (1) determining a body weight of the user supported by the electronic scale device, (2) receiving, via an electronic device, image data that is reproducible as a visual image of at least a portion of the user supported on the housing of the scale, and (3) generating a data file including: (a) weight data that is representative of the determined body weight of the user supported by the housing, (b) the image data, and (c) time data corresponding to a date and time that the body weight of the user was determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: MEDF LLC
    Inventor: Michael Evan Emalfarb
  • Patent number: 9733118
    Abstract: A handheld scale for weighing luggage having a body housing a power source, a processor, and a display, a luggage engagement member rotatably coupled to the body and moveable between a first position and a second position in which the luggage engagement member presents a surface from which a piece of luggage can be supported, a load sensor, and a switch activated by the luggage engagement member, the switch being configured such that when the luggage engagement member is in the second position, the power source is operatively coupled to the display, and the processor is configured to receive, from the load sensor, a signal proportional to a force applied to the surface relative to the body, and to provide, via the display, an indication of the force; and when the luggage engagement member is in the first position, the power source is operatively decoupled from at least the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Heys International Ltd.
    Inventors: Emran Sheikh, Alden Evangelista
  • Patent number: 9163979
    Abstract: A transportable and repositionable portion control system 10 has an integral portion weight sensing system 90 configured for use with an optional fry ribbon bridge assembly 190 in a portion control method. The portion 14 is held in a portion indexing area, or corral 20 on an upper surface 22 of the scale 10. A portion indexing area 20 is defined between spaced, upstanding container supports 24 and 26 which diverge from one another in a “V” shape and the spacing between the rails is selected to allow a selected variety of known containers such as a cup to be placed on surface 22 between the rails to ensure that the carton is properly located for the weight measurement that is to be carried out by the scale 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventors: R. Earl Taylor, Julius Selzer
  • Publication number: 20150129324
    Abstract: A weighing case includes a trolley, a case body, a vertical handle, a horizontal handle, and wheels, where four weight sensing apparatuses are arranged on one side of the case body, and a display screen is arranged on the other side of the case body. The weighing case in the present utility model can conveniently display the weight of goods in the case body because four weight sensing apparatuses are arranged on one side of the case body and a display screen is arranged on the other side of the case body. The present utility model has a simple structure and a strong practicability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Xuequn Zhao
  • Patent number: 8901442
    Abstract: The present invention is a smart luggage having an outer case and an inner case with a weight determination mechanism therebetween in electrical communication with a circuit having firmware and an exterior electronic display. The circuit further incorporates a GPS locator and a transponder, whereby a user having a mobile device enabled with tracking software may be able to locate and retrieve lost or stolen luggage. Also provided within the smart luggage is a camera that can take one or more pictures when the smart luggage is opened by a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Guillermo Dilone
  • Publication number: 20140166372
    Abstract: A fluid intake measuring system for an infant comprises a change mat containing or carrying a weighing pad responsive to the weight of an infant placed on the change mat, and a display responsive to the weighing pad to indicate weight gain or fluid volume intake of an infant placed on the mat prior to and following feeding. In an embodiment the system is integrated into a carrying bag. The mat when folded into a storage condition lies against an outer side of the bag, and in its unfolded operative state extends outwardly from a lower part of the side of the bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Annie Elizabeth Sargood, Randall Laurence Cooke
  • Patent number: 8344271
    Abstract: An article of luggage includes a built-in scale that slides into and out of a base. When the scale is disposed within the base, the user can measure the weight of the luggage. When the scale is external to the base, the user can weigh him or herself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: David C. Falk, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8330058
    Abstract: The portable airbag scale is a scale that measures the weight of a load based upon a difference between measured air pressure in an inflatable bladder, the difference being measured between a first state, where the load is not positioned on the inflatable bladder, and a second state, in which the load is supported on the inflatable bladder. The portable airbag scale includes an inflatable bladder having opposed upper and lower walls and at least one sidewall. A port is formed through the at least one sidewall for selective inflation and deflation of the inflatable bladder. A pressure sensor is mounted within the inflatable bladder for measuring the air pressure therein. A controller selectively calculates the weight of the load based upon the measured difference in air pressure. A display is provided for displaying the weight of the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventor: Samir Mekid
  • Publication number: 20120006600
    Abstract: An integral weighing device for determining whether the weight of a luggage container and its contents exceed a maximum allowable amount simply by suspending the container by its handle. If the container weighs more than a set amount the integral weighing device provides a visual cue that the container exceeds the predefined weight. The integral weighing device comprises a torsion spring mounted within a housing, and a cord attached to each end of the torsion spring and fed via a guide-way through and out of the housing to an externally accessible grip handle. An indicator arm is rotationally mounted to the housing. When a person lifts the luggage by the grip handle the force is transferred to the torsion spring causing angular deflection toward the indicator arm. If the container exceeds the set weight the indicator arm provides a visual cue that the bag exceeds the predetermined weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventors: David Bieber, Richard J. Rekuc, David E. Ringel, Chenung Shik Kui
  • Publication number: 20110272197
    Abstract: The portable airbag scale is a scale that measures the weight of a load based upon a difference between measured air pressure in an inflatable bladder, the difference being measured between a first state, where the load is not positioned on the inflatable bladder, and a second state, in which the load is supported on the inflatable bladder. The portable airbag scale includes an inflatable bladder having opposed upper and lower walls and at least one sidewall. A port is formed through the at least one sidewall for selective inflation and deflation of the inflatable bladder. A pressure sensor is mounted within the inflatable bladder for measuring the air pressure therein. A controller selectively calculates the weight of the load based upon the measured difference in air pressure. A display is provided for displaying the weight of the load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventor: Samir Mekid
  • Publication number: 20100181119
    Abstract: A modular scale in the form of a kit or a system includes a plurality of load sensors, a display unit, and a plurality of electrical communication links for electrically connecting the load sensors to the display unit. The load sensors include connectors, such as jacks, for releasably receiving a complementary plug of a cable. The other end of the cable includes another plug for releasable insertion into a complementary jack of the display unit. One of the load sensors can be a master load sensor for receiving weight data of the other load sensors, referred to as slave load sensors. The master load sensor sums the weight data provided by itself and the slave load sensors, for providing combined weight result data. The scale also includes a rigid case for carrying the various modules of the scale, the case being adapted for use as a weighing platform when opened and supported by the load sensors over a surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: LOADSENSE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fathi Saigh, Kennard Wottowa
  • Patent number: 6833515
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compact portable electronic scale having a scale lid mechanism which pivots the lid of the scale in a predetermined controlled manner between a closed position, where the lid overlays the weighing platform, and an open position, where the lid is pivoted towards the rear of the scale. The pivot mechanism positions the lid such that neither the lid nor the hinge interferes with weighing of oversized objects. Further, the scale includes a removable weighing tray to assist in weighing loose or oversized objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Inventor: Joshua D. Kesselman
  • Patent number: 6781068
    Abstract: A digital scale is provided having a shell including a top cover and a bottom cover, a weight tray for receiving one or more items to be weighted and/or measured, and one or more removable tools carried on the shell. The removable tools are selected from any one of, of combination of, a spoon or tweezer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: United Supply, Inc.
    Inventors: Al Zahriya, Jimmy Zahriya, Waleed Zahrieh
  • Patent number: 6600110
    Abstract: A portable scale is provided that includes a fulcrum, a balance beam pivotally mounted on the fulcrum, the balance beam supporting a load pan on one end and including an elongated portion having a measurement strip extending along the elongated portion of the balance beam. The portable scale includes a dynamic weight movable along the elongated portion of the balance beam. The dynamic weight includes a display unit on the elongated portion of the balance beam for detecting the location of the dynamic weight along the measurement strip, for electrically converting the location to a weight measurement, and for displaying the weight measurement. The portable scale may include luminescent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Gram Precision
    Inventors: Mohan Thadani, Peter Klein
  • Patent number: 6509534
    Abstract: A lightweight, portable scale, including a balance beam pivotally positioned on a fulcrum, contained in a tear-drop shaped carrying case. The portable scale has a load pan on one end of the balance beam and a graduated scale, configured to accommodate sliding weight members, extending toward the opposite end of the balance beam. The fulcrum is positioned between the load pan and the graduated scale. To establish equilibrium, the balance beam includes a stationary counter-weight attached on the load pan side of the fulcrum, which balances the empty load pan against the sliding weight members located at a zero position on the graduated scale. The carrying case has a top portion hingedly attached to a bottom portion, which functions as the base of the portable scale and has sidewalls shorter than the fulcrum, preventing interference by the side walls during the weighing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Inventor: Mohan Thadani
  • Publication number: 20020195281
    Abstract: A digital scale is provided having a shell including a top cover and a bottom cover, a weight tray for receiving one or more items to be weighed and/or measured, and means for weighing the items. Carried on the shell are one or more removable tools for manipulating the items to be weighed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2001
    Publication date: December 26, 2002
    Inventors: Al Zahriya, Jimmy Zahriya, Waleed Zahrieh
  • Patent number: 6441323
    Abstract: A space saving folding scale includes a frame, a measurement device, an opening mechanism and a display. The frame includes a base, lateral supports attached to the base, and a horizontal support attached to the lateral supports. The horizontal support includes a handle. The measurement device includes a weighing mechanism and a case housing the weighing mechanism. The opening mechanism is attached to the case and the frame so as to permit the measurement device to alternate between vertical and horizontal positions. The display is coupled to the measurement device and located at any easily visible location on the scale when the measurement device is ready for use in the horizontal position, such as on the horizontal support, the handle, or a top surface of the weighing mechanism. The display may be digital or analog.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventors: James G. Montagnino, Ricardo Murguia, Anson Wong
  • Patent number: 6337446
    Abstract: A collapsible weighing scale that reduces to the smallest possible size for maximum portability and convenience includes a platform having a plurality of interconnected support segments and a supporting structure connected to the platform. In one embodiment, a thin top platform is made from a plurality of connected segments and supported by two beams. These beams support the segments, transfer the load to the ground, and incorporate sensors to measure the weight. The platform segments collapse into a more compact shape while the support beams fold into place parallel to the segments, resulting in a significant reduction in the overall volume taken up by the fully deployed unit. In another embodiment, the platform and the support segments can be expanded in a fan-like arrangement. In still another embodiment, the several platform segments can unfold from a compact configuration and form the support structure in doing so.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Inventors: Joan Hulburt, Brian B. Mathewson
  • Patent number: 5773767
    Abstract: A weighing scale includes a housing having a top opening defined by a top flange. A weighing module is mounted inside the housing for measuring weight. A scale platform is disposed inside the top opening and rests atop the weighing module by gravity. A proximity sensor is mounted inside the housing adjacent to the platform for detecting proximity thereof, and is joined in communication with the weighing module. An elongate lift bar is pivotally mounted atop the platform for movement between a stowed position flush with the platform and a deployed position spaced in part upwardly above the platform for extending size of the platform and for permitting manual lifting of the platform away from the proximity sensor and return adjacent thereto for resetting the weighing module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Donald A. Collins, Jr., Rex A. Aleshire
  • Patent number: 5612515
    Abstract: A weighing scale having a weighing platform, and mechanisms for permitting the weighing platform to be pivoted upwardly from a lowered operational position to a raised non-operational position to reduce the required floor space therefor so that the weighing scale can be conveniently transported to another location for use, where the weighing platform is lowered to the operational position, or for storage thereof. Preferably, the weighing scale is provided with a stabilizing member to prevent the weighing scale from tipping over when the weighing platform is being raised or lowered, where the stabilizing member can also be raised and lowered between an operational position and a non-operational position. Preferably, fold-away ramps are provided on opposite sides of the weighing platform to provide easy access thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Inventor: Saul Eisen
  • Patent number: 5414225
    Abstract: A portable weighing device comprising two laterally displaced, electrically connection and rigidly aligned weighing modules is disclosed that permits convenient weighing of the mobility-disabled while occupying a conventional manually-operated wheelchair supported by two front caster wheels and two rear main wheels. The portions of the weight of the wheelchair supported by each wheel is successively summed and the tare is electronically subtracted. The weight of the occupant is then displayed. Accordingly with the weighing device wheelchair users can be conveniently weighted at rehabilitation centers, physician's offices or hospital clinics, or alternatively can weight themselves at their residence. The weighing device can be folded for carriage or storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Inventor: Moishe Garfinkle
  • Patent number: 5046322
    Abstract: An electronic scale assembly for transferring refrigerant charge between a tank and refrigeration equipment under service comprises a generally rectangular enclosure that includes a handle positioned along one side edge of the enclosure for manually transporting the scale, and a cover for selectively opening and closing the enclosure. A scale includes a platform mounted within the enclosure at a position to support a refrigerant tank when the cover is open, and a strain gage sensor for providing an electrical signal as function of weight supported by the platform. A solenoid-operated refrigerant transfer valve is mounted within the enclosure for connection between a tank mounted on the scale platform and refrigeration equipment under service for selectively transferring refrigerant between the tank and the equipment through the valve. An electronic controller is responsive to the electrical scale signal for indicating weight of refrigerant transferred through the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1991
    Assignee: Kent-Moore Corporation
    Inventors: Don A. Bulla, Byron J. Dunham, Gary P. Murray
  • Patent number: 4765421
    Abstract: A scale is designed to be lightweight and easily portable. The scale comprises two weighing assemblies connected by a flexible joint so that the two assemblies may be folded against each other to form a compact case. Each weighing assembly comprises a weighing platform connected by resilient support members to a based. Weight measurement is effected by a Hall effect sensor in each weighing assembly which measures the variation in magnetic flux density caused by the movement of magnets mounted on the platforms when a load is placed on the platforms. Output from the Hall effect sensors is summed and the total weight is displayed on a digital display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1988
    Inventors: Robert F. Newton, Frank D. Sundermeyer
  • Patent number: 4744428
    Abstract: A scale small enough and light enough to be carried in a person's pocket by virtue of the fact that most of its components are formed of lightweight molded plastic material. The fulcrum for the beam of the scale is provided by a pair of pointed, metal fulcrum posts adapted to cooperate with a pair of metal bearing inserts in the beam. A sliding weight which is movable along the beam has a metal insert to increase its weight and the metal insert is positioned in the plane of the fulcrum when the sliding weight is in its zero position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1988
    Inventors: David G. Knotter, Donald R. Levin, Jody L. Numbers
  • Patent number: 4711313
    Abstract: A foldable weighing scale of strain gauge type comprising a pair of scale components of generally identical construction and shape. Each of the scale components comprises a platform, a base, and a strain inducing plate having at least one strain gauge. The scale components are hingedly connected together for movement between unfolded and folded positions and are held in an unfolded position when the scale is to be used for the weight measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1987
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Iida, Haruhiko Murakami, Tsuyoshi Matsumoto, Junzo Kashihara
  • Patent number: 4697655
    Abstract: A portable weighing device particularly adapted for sport fishermen includes a balancing rod which may be readily assembled from three rod sections, a set of fittings, and a receptacle forming a counterbalancing weight. When the device is not in use, the rod sections and fittings may be conveniently stored in the receptacle. To use the device the rod sections and fittings first are removed from the receptacle. The rod sections then may be screwed together to form the balancing rod. The fittings in turn are threaded into spaced apertures in a pivot end section of the rod. An object to be weighed then is attached to one of the fittings while the fitting in the other aperture serves as a pivot and point of support for the device. Next, the receptacle is filled with water to a predefined level depending on whether the weighing device is to be used in a heavy or light weighing mode. The filled receptacle then is placed on the rod and its location adjusted until the rod balances in a horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1987
    Inventor: Ronald J. Junkas
  • Patent number: 4658922
    Abstract: An improved balance of precision. The fulcrum of the balance is integrally formed in a protective housing. The housing is utilized in conjunction with the beam of assembly of the balance to determine when the balance is in equipoise. When the fulcrum and beam assembly are packaged in the housing for transport, the housing stabilizes the beam assembly to minimize the likelihood of damage to the beam assembly during transport of the balance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1987
    Inventor: Lloyd P. Kissick
  • Patent number: 4610324
    Abstract: A courier clipboard and scale case includes a hollow box with a scale mounted and enclosed therein with a cover hinged to the box and mounting at one end a spring clip defining with the cover a clipboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1986
    Inventor: Joseph Mexicotte
  • Patent number: 3968849
    Abstract: A lightweight portable pocket size scale, the balancing mechanism of which may be folded and contained in the bottom portion of a two piece case when not in use and which may accurately weigh small quantities of substances when the cover portion of the case is removed and the balancing mechanism is unfolded from its storage position in the bottom portion of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1975
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1976
    Inventors: John D. Dale, David G. Knotter