Hand Manipulatable Weigher Patents (Class 177/148)
  • Patent number: 10371563
    Abstract: A UID is utilized as a scale and determine basic intake information for shipping a package in order for an individual to use their UID as a intake information determining device in sending packages. Such a device is intended to be used with unmanned kiosks where the intake information would be transmitted to the shipper and the package deposited for pickup and shipping. Unmanned kiosks of this nature would provide for reduced cost and ease of drop off of packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffrey M Moravits
  • Patent number: 10111412
    Abstract: A self-tightening culling clip used to secure a marker to a fish for quick identification of the fish in a livewell, for example. The self-tightening culling clip has handles coupled together about a handle pivot and a marker attached to a lift-pivot. A spring forces the jaw end of the handles together and a user may squeeze the handle end of the handles to open the jaws for attaching to a fish. When the marker is lifted, the handles pivot about the handle-pivot to apply force to close the jaws, thereby creating a self-tightening culling clip. A pair of links extend from the lift pivot to the handles and these links for the handle end of the handles outward when the marker is lifted. The marker may have a distinctive identifier color and/or character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Roland G Hebert
  • Patent number: 10004213
    Abstract: A fishing rod with convenient devices for measuring a length and a weight of a fish, includes a display; a weight sensor, a measuring control unit, including a processor, a non-transitory memory, an input/output, a weighing manager, a communication manager, and a data bus; a measuring assembly, including an assembly body, an axle, a spring-loaded mechanism, and a retractable hook connector; a weighing hook, and a cavity for storing the weighing hook, wherein the retractable hook connector, is configured to show a length between a lower end of the fishing rod and a lower end of the weighing hook. The retractable hook connector can be a retractable tape measure or a retractable cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: Scott A. Britz
  • Patent number: 9507562
    Abstract: Various implementations described herein are directed to a wearable device used to determine whether audio data corresponds to a fishing event. The wearable device may include at least one microphone. The wearable device may include a computer system with a processor and memory. The memory may have a plurality of executable instructions. When the executable instructions are executed by the processor, the processor may receive audio data from the at least one microphone, determine whether the received audio data corresponds to a fishing event and store a record of the fishing event, and a timestamp corresponding to the fishing event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: NAVICO HOLDING AS
    Inventor: Paul Robert Bailey
  • Patent number: 8952276
    Abstract: A suitcase scale is bundled a suitcase for providing functions of scaling and anti-theft. The suitcase scale comprises a housing, a processing unit disposed in the housing, a weight sensor secured in the housing and electrically connected to the processing unit, a combination lock mounted into the housing, a buckle detachably engaged to the housing and a strap having two opposite ends respectively connected to the buckle and the housing. Consequently, the strap, the buckle and the housing form an endless ring for bundling the suitcase when the combination lock is in a locked condition. The suitcase scale immediately shows the total weight value of the suitcase to prevent the user from paying and excessive baggage charge and provides a function of anti-theft due to the combination lock such that a thief or a pickpocket can not steal the belongings in the locked suitcase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Chun Ming Lin
  • Patent number: 8921716
    Abstract: The present invention is a weighing scale and system of weighing scales used to weigh a group of loads and determine which load is the lightest so it can be culled from the group. The weighing scales are most useful for use in fishing tournaments to ensure an angler has possession of the maximum total weight of fish possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventors: Scott W. Saulters, John Maxfield, Todd Collins
  • Patent number: 8884170
    Abstract: A hand-held electronic luggage scale includes a handle designed to be held generally horizontally, and a hook supported by the handle, which extends generally vertically below the handle. The handle houses an electronic scale, the electronic scale connected to the hook for calculating a weight of an object suspended from the hook. The hook may be metal and have a rubber and/or plastic exterior. A touch screen display may be provided in a top surface of the handle that displays the calculated weight from the electronic scale component. The touch screen display may include an icon representing a virtual control button that controls a user-selectable setting, and provides haptic feedback when the user-selectable setting changes due to a user pressing the virtual control button for a predetermined period of time. The touch screen display may include icons that control power, illumination, units of measurement, and/or other functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: 2395954 Ontario Inc.
    Inventor: Haroon Sheikh
  • Publication number: 20140246256
    Abstract: A fish weighing device with a micro-controller digital scale integrated with a floatation device connected to a tether at one end of the tether and having a fish attachment mechanism. The fish weighing device has a diaphragm attached at a lower portion of the floatation device. The fish weighing device is such that the diaphragm is connected to the digital scale using a rod or other electromechanical connection. The fish weighing device has the diaphragm connected to the tether through a rod, knots and a fishing connector such as a clip. A seal encompassing the diaphragm is attached to a lower portion of the floatation device. The digital scale has a digital display connected to the scale using buttons with ON/OFF and Calibration/Mode/Hold. Optionally, the device is connected or integrated with an antenna attached to the digital scale to communicate with a server or other devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Brent J. Stadther
  • Patent number: 8716610
    Abstract: A handle integrated scale configured to fixedly attach to a liftable element that allows a user to ascertain the weight of said liftable element based on the amount of force exerted onto the handle integrated scale from the liftable element as it is lifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventors: Jacobo Zyman Beer, Alex Zyman
  • Patent number: 8692141
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventors: David Bieber, Richard J. Rekuc, David E. Ringel, Cheung Shik Kui
  • Patent number: 8629357
    Abstract: Removable luggage scale devices are disclosed herein that include: at least one measuring device, at least one gripping member coupled to the measuring device, at least one coupling unit, wherein the coupling unit couples the at least one measuring device to at least one piece of luggage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Jerry Moon
  • Patent number: 8575500
    Abstract: A luggage scale device featuring a handle with scale housings attached to both ends. Hook component are disposed on the ends of each housing for attaching a piece of luggage. In each housing is a high tension spring attached to a weight sensor and a hook component. The weight sensors calculate a weight of an object hanging from the hook components. A microprocessor calculates a total weight by combining the values calculated by the weight sensors. A display disposed on the handle displays the total weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Edward J. Genet, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20130168161
    Abstract: The present invention is a weighing scale and system of weighing scales used to weigh a group of loads and determine which load is the lightest so it can be culled from the group. The weighing scales are most useful for use in fishing tournaments to ensure an angler has possession of the maximum total weight of fish possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: Scott W. SAULTERS, John MAXFIELD, Todd COLLINS
  • Publication number: 20130140097
    Abstract: A handle integrated scale configured to fixedly attach to a liftable element that allows a user to ascertain the weight of said liftable element based on the amount of force exerted onto the handle integrated scale from the liftable element as it is lifted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventors: Jacobo Zyman Beer, Alex Zyman
  • Patent number: 8431838
    Abstract: A combination fishing net and weight scale with length measuring ruler. The weight scale components are incorporated at a distal end of the handle of the fishing net opposite the end incorporating the net basket. A fish may be retained in the net basket and the distal end of the handle is held up to allow the major portion of the handle and the fishing net basket to extend downward under gravity. The weight of the fish is shown on an indicator positioned in the end (movable) component of the handle that shows through an aligned aperture on the main (fixed) handle component. An internally fixed spring extends between the movable component and the fixed component of the handle. Alternately, a solid state electronic scale may be used in the same position. A length measuring device may be positioned along the length of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventors: Jared Bond, Kirk Bond
  • Publication number: 20120222904
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a case candle, particularly relates to a case candle with weighing display, which includes a handle seat and a connection that is connected between the handle seat and case body, which is characterized in that, the handle seat has a manganese steel sheet inside, a bend sensor is fixed at the top of the manganese steel sheet, the bend sensor is connected to a PCB board, the PCB board is connected to battery and display respectively. The present invention with the above-mentioned structure, when the case is pulled, the manganese steel sheet makes blending deformation under force, the blend sensor permanently connected with the manganese steel sheet induces the deformation, and accurately measures the weight of the case body through pre-set parameters and calculate method, has advantages such as accurate weighing, long life and so on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Applicant: TALENTECH PLASTIC (SHENZHEN) LIMITED
    Inventor: Huibao LU
  • Patent number: 8093515
    Abstract: A fishing net is described incorporating an electronic weighing device to weigh a fish whilst the fish is still in the net. The fishing net comprises a handle connected to a frame and a water permeable bag coupled to the frame. An electronic weight measuring device measures the weight of a fish or any other marine creature in the water permeable bag. The weighing action requires the user to lift the fishing net out of the water keeping the fishing net in a substantially horizontal position and read the weight from the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Jay Pigott
  • Publication number: 20110186357
    Abstract: A hand-held electronic luggage scale includes a handle designed to be held generally horizontally, and a hook supported by the handle, which extends generally vertically below the handle. The handle houses an electronic scale, the electronic scale connected to the hook for calculating a weight of an object suspended from the hook. An easy-to-read digital display is provided in a top surface of the handle, the display displaying the calculated weight from the electronic scale component. The hook is supported by the handle at a central portion of the handle such that a user's two hands can hold the handle on either side of a hook attachment while leaving the display visible between the user's hands. The handle curves downwardly from the central portion the handle to free ends thereof to provide an ergonomic support for the user to lift the object to be weighed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Applicant: Heys (USA), Inc.
    Inventor: Haroon Sheikh
  • Patent number: 7795548
    Abstract: A weighing serving implement is disclosed. The weighing serving implement has a head to serve food and is mounted to a mount at a pivot point. The pivot point provides a mechanical balance and facilities a rugged and washable design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Inventor: Charles Woods
  • Patent number: 7732719
    Abstract: A hand held luggage scale case is comprised of a generally pentagonal pair of shells which fit compatibly together and include a storage chamber section for weight sensing elements as well as a tape measure. The case includes a recess channel molded into the shell to retain a weight measurement hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Travel Caddy, Inc.
    Inventor: Brad L. Schantz
  • Patent number: 7645949
    Abstract: A portable digital scale is disclosed, having retractable and stowable handles and weighing hook, as well as a weight display that may be viewed from directly above the scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Inventor: Donald Glenn Thompson
  • Patent number: 7629542
    Abstract: Suitcases with internal load determination devices determine the weight of a suitcase without requiring the user to lift the loaded suitcase. A sensor grid suspended within the interior of the suitcase's bottom is attached to sensors. When a load is placed on the sensor grid, the force exerted by the sensor grid on the sensors is measured and communicated to a CPU. The CPU calculates the weight of the load and displays it to the user on an electronic display. An on/off switch toggles the display between showing the net weight of the load and the gross weight of the loaded suitcase, as well as controlling the flow of electricity from a battery to the CPU, display, and sensors. The suitcase has a handle that extends over the display, feet, wheels, and latches. A method for using the suitcase with internal load determination device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Inventors: Victor Harding, Ethel Harding
  • Patent number: 7589287
    Abstract: A carrier of loose items that a user can employ with a quick glance to determine whether the weight balance displayed on a screen indicates carried items in greater, lesser, or equivalent quantity than previously recorded. A physical inventory of carried items is avoided when the display screen shows a zero weight measurement. However, a non-zero display screen measurement provides time-saving information about the size of items missing or acquired. The carrier's upper portion, which detaches from a memory scale, is readily exchanged with other carriers of differing size and shape. Audible signaling means informs the user at the time the carrier/scale combination is lifted from a support surface if any items are missing or have been inadvertently acquired, to prevent a user from leaving or acquiring valuable tools/items. Other applications include, but are not limited to, transporting supplies relating to fishing, jewelry making, crafts, gardening, and the medical field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Inventor: Patrick Allen Hargabus
  • Patent number: 7550684
    Abstract: A portable handheld electronic scale can weigh luggage and other objects. The scale includes an electronic weight-measuring device configured to measure and indicate the weight of the luggage. If the weight of the item of luggage exceeds the weight restriction of an airline, the traveler can reduce the weight of the item of luggage below the weight limit set by the airline by removing some of the contents of the item of luggage. Depending upon the particular embodiment of the scale, a user can comfortably hold the scale either parallel or perpendicular to the ground when the scale is used to lift the item of luggage off of a ground surface in order to obtain the weight of the item of luggage. An audible signal may be given when the measured weight is fixed on a display and/or when it is greater than a set limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Inventor: Ronald Kritzler
  • Patent number: 7501591
    Abstract: A device for measuring and annunciating weight of a luggage article having a carrying member includes a handle and a load measuring member which is operatively secured to the handle for generating an output signal. A hook shaped member is mounted for a vertical movement within the handle and applies force to the load measuring member when the luggage article is lifted, whereby the load measuring member is responsive to the applied load to generate the output signal which is indicative of the weight of such luggage article. A controller is mounted within the handle and has a processing member which is connected to a source of electrical power supply and which is responsive to receipt of the generated output signal to determine weight of the luggage article which is then displayed on a display which is operably connected to the processing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Inventors: Cesar Muniz, Angel Muniz
  • Patent number: 7478497
    Abstract: A fish handling tool which provides an easier and more stable nipping operation for holding a fish. The fish handling tool is structured that a finger hooking position of a finger hooking opening provided in an operating member crosses a center line of a rod-like grip so that the finger hooking position does not become eccentric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Inventors: Takashi Otsuka, Takaya Imai, Hideto Midorikawa
  • Patent number: 7439456
    Abstract: A weighing system for a travel baa for measuring and indicating the weight of the bag and/or its contents. The travel bag weigh system has two or three weight sensors and means to add together the weights sensed by them, and a single substantially rigid platform borne by the said weight sensors. The travel bag weighing system is built into the bag internally or externally, or being adapted to be placed into an existing said bag. The weight sensors project from the bag, measure and indicates its weight when empty and simultaneously indicates a normal maximum weight set by airlines. The system has a control and indicating digital unit located and/or visible outside the bag. The digital unit has a line of control means and a line of indicators, in differently coloured groups, which light up progressively towards the maximum weight, which can be preset or user-set and has a vocal indicator. The travel bag weighing system may also contain a measuring part internal of the bag and the bag tapers upwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventor: Adedeji Oluwafisayo Ogunnaike
  • Patent number: 7408125
    Abstract: A fish length measuring apparatus that incorporates a digital scale allows fishermen to both measure and weigh their catch without touching or handling the fish. The apparatus incorporates a housing with a lip grip to grasp the mouth of the fish. A viewable digital output screen is connected to a weight-sensing member whereby the weight of the fish generates a digital numeric display. A distance-measuring sensor projects a beam towards a surface adjacent the tail of the fish and detects the reflection from that surface, then calculates the distance (i.e., length) and displays the length on the output screen. The contour of the housing facilitates hand-holding of the apparatus, and a variety of unique digital data may be selectively displayed on the output screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Inventor: Gregory E. Lentine
  • Patent number: 7378604
    Abstract: A weight measurement module operatively coupled to a piece of luggage for determining the weight of the luggage and its contents. The weight measurement module includes one or more load cells, a processor operatively coupled to the one or more load cells, and a display operable to display the weight of the luggage and its contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Ricardo Beverly Hills
    Inventor: Peter D. Truong
  • Patent number: 7358449
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) such as a portable weight measuring device for the purpose of simultaneously determining weight and time data includes a container support member (104) having a container engagement portion (102) and a time-determining device (108). A weight-determining device (106) is mounted in the container engagement portion (102). The apparatus can includes data input and out devices, such as an optical connection (406) and a display (110). When a container, such as a piece of luggage, is engaged and lifted by the apparatus, the container weight along with the date and time are output on a display. When container weight exceeds a limit, a warning indicator (112) is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Inventor: Todd J. Hannon
  • Publication number: 20080029313
    Abstract: A fish length measuring apparatus that incorporates a digital scale allows fishermen to both measure and weigh their catch without touching or handling the fish. The apparatus incorporates a housing with a lip grip to grasp the mouth of the fish. A viewable digital output screen is connected to a weight-sensing member whereby the weight of the fish generates a digital numeric display. A distance-measuring sensor projects a beam towards a surface adjacent the tail of the fish and detects the reflection from that surface, then calculates the distance (i.e., length) and displays the length on the output screen. The contour of the housing facilitates hand-holding of the apparatus, and a variety of unique digital data may be selectively displayed on the output screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Publication date: February 7, 2008
    Inventor: Gregory E. Lentine
  • Patent number: 7282653
    Abstract: A piece of luggage, rucksack or satchel is provided having a pair of spaced shoulder straps. At least one strap has a stress/strain unit to monitor the stress/strain in the strap as the piece is worn on the shoulder of a user. The at least one strap also has an indicator that provides a visual indication when the stress/strain of the strap has exceeded a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: Mountcastle Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter John Marks
  • Patent number: 7281615
    Abstract: A weight determining mechanism and a method for determining the weight of a piece of loaded luggage, particularly a backpack. The mechanism is generally incorporated into a carry handle of the piece of luggage allowing for it to be integral with the luggage and allowing for it to not take up additional space while allowing for quick and easy weight determinations without need for an external scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: TRG Accessories, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Greg Siwak, Aaron Gorga
  • Patent number: 7271353
    Abstract: The present invention provides airline travelers with a method of determining baggage weight compliance while traveling, prior to having baggage rejected or additional fees assessed at the baggage check counter at the airport. In a first aspect, a scale is disclosed that comprises first and second attachment points, wherein the scale indicates a relative force applied to the attachment points. In a second aspect, a scale is disclosed which comprises two independent attachment points wherein the scale can display the total force applied to the attachment points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Assignee: TFB Global LLC
    Inventor: John J. Lewis
  • Publication number: 20070209843
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) such as a portable weight measuring device for the purpose of simultaneously determining weigh and time data purposes includes a container support member (104) having a container engagement portion (102) and a time-determining device (108). A weight-determining device (106) is mounted in the container engagement portion (102). The apparatus can includes data input and out devices, such as an optical connection (406) and a display (110). When a container, such as a piece of luggage, is engaged and lifted by the apparatus, the container weight along with the date and time are output on a display. When container weight exceeds a limit, a warning indicator (112) is activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Publication date: September 13, 2007
    Inventor: Todd J. Hannon
  • Publication number: 20070163813
    Abstract: The present invention provides airline travelers with a method of determining baggage weight compliance while traveling, prior to having baggage rejected or additional fees assessed at the baggage check counter at the airport. In a first aspect, a scale is disclosed that comprises first and second attachment points, wherein the scale indicates a relative force applied to the attachment points. In a second aspect, a scale is disclosed which comprises two independent attachment points wherein the scale can display the total force applied to the attachment points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2006
    Publication date: July 19, 2007
    Inventor: John J. Lewis
  • Patent number: 7238895
    Abstract: A portable scale that allows travelers to calculate the weight of their luggage and compare the weight against weight limits that are imposed by common carriers. The scale includes circuitry for calculating weight and a memory for storing weight limits. Weight and other information is shown to the user via a display screen. In the preferred embodiment, the scale includes a hook and handle that facilitate weighing suitcases and other objects. The preferred embodiment also includes a digital measuring tape that allows the traveler to check the size of his luggage against size restrictions imposed by common carriers. The scale can also be incorporated into a portable weighing mat, which allows weight to be determined simple by placing the object on the mat. The scale can also be incorporated into the handle of a suitcase wherein the weight of the suitcase is calculated when the suitcase is lifted by its handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Inventors: Josephine M. Dittrich, Andre A. Muelenaer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7235747
    Abstract: An arm scale apparatus includes a casing shaped to fit partly around a person's arm and having a casing strap attached to the casing and having a fastener thereon for strapping the casing to a person's arm. A display on the casing is positioned to face a person having the casing attached to the person's arm. A tray coupling platform is mounted on top of the casing positioned for removably mounting a tray thereto in a position for holding materials to be weighed therein while the casing is mounted to a person's arm. A tray is removably attached to the tray coupling platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Inventor: Gene L. Tribou
  • Patent number: 7232961
    Abstract: A portable hand held device for weighing and measuring the size of a luggage item includes a handle designed to provide support yet comfort with respect to the use of the weighing device and further includes a mechanism which enables recordal of the weight of luggage placed upon a suspension hook of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Travel Caddy, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Godshaw, Brad Schantz, Zoran Gracer
  • Patent number: 7180015
    Abstract: A scale for weighing objects in general and specifically bicycles is described. One embodiment of the scale comprises a body, a hook for suspending the item to be weighed, and an appendage extending from the body. The appendage is adapted to be firmly secured in a tube clamp of a typical bicycle repair stand to hold the scale while a bicycle or other objects are being weighed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventor: Douglas A. Hudson
  • Patent number: 7173197
    Abstract: A handheld apparatus for measuring fish, game, and the like is provided and includes a scale, a camera, and a length measuring device. The scale includes a support member that extends outwardly from the apparatus housing, and a display that is visible through the housing. The support member is configured to suspend an object therefrom for weighing via the scale, and the display is configured to display the weight of an object suspended from the support member. The length measurement device is configured to measure the length of an object and the display is configured to display the length of an object measured by the length measurement device. The camera includes a lens, an image sensor configured to capture images obtained via the lens, and a camera display. The camera display displays an image of an object taken by the camera with weight and/or length information for the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Adstracts, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Kasperek
  • Patent number: 7084357
    Abstract: A luggage device includes: (a) a main housing, the main housing having a top, a bottom, and walls, and having an opening area for insertion of one or more items into the main housing, with closure means; (b) load determination component connected to the main housing at the bottom, having at least one base member with a first position where it is not in contact with and resting on a separate surface under weight of the luggage device, and having a second position where it is in contact with and resting on a separate surface under weight of the luggage device, and is capable of weight determination; (c) load determination display mechanism connected to the load determination component for display of weight determined. In yet other embodiments, the present invention luggage device is arranged so that the handle rather than the bottom is utilized to function as part of the weighing capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Inventors: Howard Roberts, George J. Nagle, Steven A. Nagle
  • Patent number: 7076910
    Abstract: A device for landing, handling and controlling a fish which includes a pair of clamps pivotally attached to a main housing. A handle is provided at one end of the housing. The clamps can be moved from a closed position to a fully opened position by a trigger assembly. The clamps can be retained in their fully opened position without manual assistance. The device can be provided with a built in scale. A locking assembly can also be provided for preventing the main housing from spinning or rotating with respect to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Inventor: Jorge Xifra
  • Patent number: 6989495
    Abstract: A portable scale includes a spring member coupling a grip device to a weighing device, to allow the grip device to be moved relative to the weighing device against the spring member to weigh objects. The grip device includes a fixed jaw having a hook member for attaching to the objects, and a pivotal jaw pivotally attached to the fixed jaw and having a hook member movable toward the hook member of the fixed jaw, to grip the objects, and to allow the objects to be solidly attached to the grip device before conducting a weighing operation. A latch may be used to latch the pivotal jaw to the fixed jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Inventor: A Mei Yang
  • Patent number: 6943304
    Abstract: For an electronic fish scale including a molded housing having upper and lower portions for supported hand grasping and a pair of opposed C-shaped jaws which open when a jaw actuator is manually moved upwardly to receive a lower lip of a fish securely held and unhurt between the jaws when closed for weighing the fish, a jaw tip cover for the lower distal end portion of each jaw half. The jaw tips or GRIP SOCKS are over-molded of resistant plastic material to enhance gripability of fish lips and to reduce harm to the fish when released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Role Associates LLC
    Inventors: Robert Brady, Dale Thomas Walker, Richard Herbst
  • Patent number: 6765155
    Abstract: The present invention 10 discloses a device that allows a fisherman 12 to measure and weight their catch 14 to determine if they are of legal size or a throw back. The device of the present invention consists of a plastic housing 16, including a carrying handle 18. A measuring ruler 20 is stenciled upon the horizontal face of the device and is used to measure the user's catch. On the opposing rear wall is a pictorial display of game fish 22 with information on size, and weight restrictions of different species as dictated by local authority. A weight scale 42 is provided and housed within an end wall 24 having an access panel 40. A hook chain device 36 is also provided and consists of a hook 44 attached to one distal end of the chain 46 and another hook 44 attached to the other distal end of the chain 46 stored within the weight scale compartment 26. One end hook 44 of the chain device 46 is attached to a loop 38 on the weight scale plate 52.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Inventor: Alvin D Gray
  • Patent number: 6696650
    Abstract: An electronic fish scale comprising a molded housing having upper and lower portions for supported hand grasping. An electronically controlled weight-sensing member and a viewable digital output screen are mounted within the housing. The output screen is electronically connected to the weight-sensing member whereby a weight held by gravity causes a digital numeric display on the output screen equal to the fish weight. A fish-engaging assembly extends downwardly from the weight-sensing member through an aperture formed in the bottom of the housing, and includes a pair of opposed c-shaped jaws. A longitudinally moveable jaw actuator is operably connected through a jaw control member via a rotation pin through diagonally extending aligned slots in the jaws whereby the jaws are opened when the jaw actuator is manually moved upwardly. A lower lip of a fish securely held and unhurt between the closed jaws will produce a digital display of the weight of the fish on the output screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Role Associates, LLC
    Inventors: Max Muller, Robert Brady, Joel R. Chartier
  • Publication number: 20040007396
    Abstract: An electronic fish scale comprising a molded housing having upper and lower portions for supported hand grasping. An electronically controlled weight-sensing member and a viewable digital output screen are mounted within the housing. The output screen is electronically connected to the weight-sensing member whereby a weight held by gravity causes a digital numeric display on the output screen equal to the fish weight. A fish-engaging assembly extends downwardly from the weight-sensing member through an aperture formed in the bottom of the housing, and includes a pair of opposed c-shaped jaws. A longitudinally moveable jaw actuator is operably connected through a jaw control member via a rotation pin through diagonally extending aligned slots in the jaws whereby the jaws are opened when the jaw actuator is manually moved upwardly. A lower lip of a fish securely held and unhurt between the closed jaws will produce a digital display of the weight of the fish on the output screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2002
    Publication date: January 15, 2004
    Applicant: Xplores, LLC
    Inventors: Max Muller, Robert Brady, Joel R. Chartier
  • Patent number: 6649849
    Abstract: A handheld mailing system that is easily portable while still maintaining the functionality and security necessary for a complete mailing system is disclosed. A handheld device, such as, for example, a Personal Data Assistant (PDA), is provided with a rating engine and metering device functionality. The weight of an item to be mailed can be input manually, or provided via a communication link from a scale. The rating engine in the PDA will determine the necessary amount of postage, and the metering functionality will provide the authorization and funds for the necessary postage. A printer coupled to the PDA provides a printed label. A security device, such as, for example, a dongle, is provided to ensure security for the mail processing functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Edward R. Bass, Konstantin G. Kodonas, Kimberly S. Chotkowski, Linda S. Lin, Jacques E. Hasbani
  • Patent number: 6608261
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided that includes a support body having a scale, a suspending member that suspends an article to be weighed by the scale, a display unit that displays the measured weight of the article, a retractable and extendable handle, a tape measure, and a temperature probe. The apparatus may be made of luminescent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Inventor: Mohan Thadani