Steered By Walking Attendant Patents (Class 180/19.1)
  • Patent number: 11897529
    Abstract: A hand-driven wheeled cart or suitcase, including: a body section of the cart or suitcase including a back side, a top side, a bottom side and a front side; a handle coupled to the body section; two wheels coupled to the bottom side of the body section, adjacent the back side of the body section; and a motor housed in one of the two wheels, the motor being actuated by a button on the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventors: Nir Zor, Sapir Zor
  • Patent number: 11844305
    Abstract: A walk-behind self-propelled working machine includes a main body, an operation switch, and a handle device. The main body includes a moving assembly and a drive motor. The operation switch is connected to the drive motor. The handle device is connected to the main body and includes an operation member, a connecting rod, and a sensing device. The operation member includes a gripping portion for a user to hold. The connecting rod is connected to the main body. The sensing device is configured to sense a thrust that is applied to the handle device to drive the walk-behind self-propelled working machine and further includes a pressure sensor and a pressing member. When the gripping portion receives the thrust, the pressing member applies a force along a preset straight line to the pressure sensor to drive the pressure sensor to deform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Nanjing Chevron Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yufei Ren, Yang Li, Ronggen Zhu, Haishen Xu, Rui Zhang
  • Patent number: 11844730
    Abstract: A patient support apparatus supports a patient for movement assisted by first and second caregivers and includes a litter. The litter includes a patient support deck extending between first and second ends and defines at least one cavity. First and second evacuation interfaces are coupled to the litter. The first and second evacuation interfaces pivot between first and second unfolded positions and first and second upright positions, respectively, and move between first and second lengthened positions and first and second shortened positions, respectively. The first and second evacuation interfaces are disposed in the cavity when the first and second evacuation interfaces are in the first and second unfolded positions and the first and second shortened positions, respectively, and configured to be grasped and lifted by the first and second caregivers when the first and second evacuation interfaces are in the first and second upright positions, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2023
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Shaofei Wilson Xu, Lance E. Larsen
  • Patent number: 11845484
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a motorized beach cart for transporting beach necessities. The motorized beach cart includes a collapsible frame and a handle is hingedly connected to the collapsible frame. The motorized beach cart includes a battery electrically wired to an electric motor disposed within a protective casing, and at least a first USB port is provided within an exterior wall of the protective casing. A drive assembly is disclosed which is adapted to removably connect to a back end of a beach cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Inventor: Michael Wercholuk
  • Patent number: 11819182
    Abstract: A dust remover for a vacuum cleaner, in which dust adhering to a plurality of filters having a cylindrical shape for filtering dust introduced into the vacuum cleaner is removed by repeatedly hitting an inner wall of each of the plurality of filters through rotation of a motor, includes a filter support plate having a plate shape; a plurality of filters arranged spaced apart from each other at regular intervals below the filter support plate in a circumferential direction; a hitting module rotatably provided on the filter support plate to extend to an inner space of each of the filters and configured to hit an inner surface of each of the filters; and a pressure control damper rotatably provided on the filter support plate and configured to optionally open/close a suction pressure of each of the filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Inventor: Hyun Tae Kim
  • Patent number: 11801174
    Abstract: A patient transport apparatus transports a patient over a floor surface. The patient transport apparatus comprises a support structure and support wheels coupled to the support structure. An auxiliary wheel is coupled to the support frame to influence motion of the patient transport apparatus over a floor surface. The auxiliary wheel is movable to a deployed position with the auxiliary wheel engaging the floor surface and a stowed position with the auxiliary wheel spaced a distance from the floor surface. An actuator assembly including a lift actuator a biasing device, and a biasing load adjustment assembly. The lift actuator is operable to move the auxiliary wheel to the deployed position and to the stowed position. The biasing device configured to bias the auxiliary wheel towards the deployed position. The biasing load adjustment assembly configured to adjust a biasing force being applied by the biasing device to the auxiliary wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2023
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2023
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Derenne, Gary L. Bartley
  • Patent number: 11782436
    Abstract: A system and method for operation of an autonomous vehicle (AV) yard truck is provided. A processor facilitates autonomous movement of the AV yard truck, and connection to and disconnection from trailers. A plurality of sensors are interconnected with the processor that sense terrain/objects and assist in automatically connecting/disconnecting trailers. A server, interconnected, wirelessly with the processor, that tracks movement of the truck around and determines locations for trailer connection and disconnection. A door station unlatches/opens rear doors of the trailer when adjacent thereto, securing them in an opened position via clamps, etc. The system computes a height of the trailer, and/or if landing gear of the trailer is on the ground and interoperates with the fifth wheel to change height, and whether docking is safe, allowing a user to take manual control, and optimum charge time(s). Reversing sensors/safety, automated chocking, and intermodal container organization are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: Outrider Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew F. Smith, Lawrence S. Klein, Stephen A. Langenderfer, Martin E. Sotola, Vikas Bahl, Mark H. Rosenblum, Peter James, Dale Dee Rowley, Matthew S. Johannes, Gary Michael Seminara, Jeremy M. Nett
  • Patent number: 11678415
    Abstract: Robotic devices are provided that can be operated in an autonomous mode. In various embodiments, the devices comprise lighting elements that are capable of displaying information to humans within a robotic environment. A variety of future and near-future actions are expressed through different operations and sequences of the lighting elements. The lighting elements further enable the device to express a current status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: KARCHER NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Adam Bearup, Justin LaMar, Nicole Willer
  • Patent number: 11638620
    Abstract: A surgical robot includes a robotic arm, a cart supporting the robotic arm and including a steering assembly. The steering assembly comprises wheels and a handle. The handle is moveable to a first position, a second position, and a third position. The steering assembly is configured such that the wheels allow the cart to roll in a longitudinal direction when the handle is in the first position, the wheels allow the cart to be roll a rotational direction when the handle is in the second position, and the wheels allow the cart to roll in a lateral direction when the handle is in the third position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: MAKO Surgical Corp.
    Inventors: Alan Ross, Paul Shiels
  • Patent number: 11618492
    Abstract: A handle assembly for a cart with a power assist function can sense the direction that a user's force is applied, and provide assist power in the corresponding direction, such that the user can easily move the cart. A cart including the handle assembly allows the user to conveniently move the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jaecheon Sa, Sunryang Kim, Keunsik No
  • Patent number: 11584459
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a drive unit in the form of a caravan mover (10) comprising a motor (12) (drive means) and a head (14) which are linked together by a gear mechanism (16). The head (14) provides a roller (15) which is rotatably mounted on a shaft. The roller (15) is arranged, in use, to be urged or pressed against the tread portion (surface) of a tyre. The drive unit is controlled by a control unit (ECU) which controls the movement of the driven roller (15) between the disengaged position and the engaged position and also controls the rotation (and direction) of the driven roller (15). The caravan mover (10) of the present invention includes an integral power supply such that the unit comprises a single integral system which is easily installed on the caravan and does not require the routing of cables from a remote power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Purple Line Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Harrison, Ben Hawkins
  • Patent number: 11584417
    Abstract: A handle assembly for a cart with a power assist function can sense the direction that a user's force is applied, and provide assist power in the corresponding direction, such that the user can easily move the cart. A cart including the handle assembly allows the user to conveniently move the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jaecheon Sa, Sunryang Kim, Keunsik No, Kangsoo Shin
  • Patent number: 11577560
    Abstract: There exists a limitation while designing tugger device with latching area for gaining a specific orientation of a powered vehicle and orientation of unpowered trailers. This disclosure relates generally to an automated carrier tugger mounted on an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) for tugging a carrier. The automated carrier tugger includes a rotary joint unit, a swivel adaptor unit, and a tugging unit for clamping a horizontal bar. The rotary joint unit includes a vertical fixed shaft and plurality of integral pipes are integrated with a pipe mounting plate at one end. The swivel adaptor unit include the pipe mounting plate mounted onto the plurality of integral pipes and a male spherical joint integrated with a swivel adaptor plate. The tugging unit includes a single rear clamp and a plurality of front clamps with a plurality of flanges mounted onto a plurality of horizontal axis slides to move at required direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2023
    Assignee: TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Venkatesh Prasad Bangalore Srinivas, Pradeep Prabhakar Kamble, Venkat Raju Chintalapalli Patta
  • Patent number: 11497667
    Abstract: An apparatus a and method for networked transportation of patients or people with impaired mobility in a hospital bed, or nursing bed, having the following method features: a) a patient in question or an applicable caregiver is reported by a control centre as in need of transportation from one ward A to another ward B, b) the nursing staff on ward A beds down or puts the person in question into a special transportation bed or a special transportation chair and reports to the control centre when this person is correctly supported, this being able to be checked by means of a pressure sensor (23) in the lying area or sitting area, the identity being ensured by the nursing staff or being able to be checked by means of a patient identity card, c) the patient is automatically moved to ward B, d) the patient is brought to his treatment in ward B and then transported back to ward A by the same route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: GRENZEBACH MASCHINENBAU GMBH
    Inventor: Christian Herfert
  • Patent number: 11492030
    Abstract: A mobility apparatus includes a frame, a body surrounding the frame having a front side, a rear side, a top side, a bottom side, and first and second lateral sides, a seat located on the top side of the body, a plurality of wheels attached to the frame, a motor for driving at least one of the plurality of wheels attached to the frame, a battery for supplying electricity to the motor, and a controller for directing movement of the mobility apparatus. The top side of the body includes seats for children to ride the mobility apparatus. The mobility apparatus may also include a tether cord or handrails for directing movement of the mobility apparatus, or the mobility apparatus may follow a transmitter or autonomously drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael T. Sailer, Mariko K. Schimmel, Thomas Mark Abraham, Janet The Planet, Evan Michael Allen, Shaye Anna Roseman, Nicholas Michael Machesney
  • Patent number: 11479296
    Abstract: A tractor has a base for supporting a motive power source, left and right driven wheels, and left and right transmissions for the respective left and right wheels; a handle structure coupled to the base for grasping by an operator from behind the tractor; a drive system for driving each of the left and right transmissions with motive power from the motive power source; wherein the left and right transmissions are hydrostatic transmissions, further having a speed regulator control lever on each transmission that allows seamless control of the transmission from reverse speed through neutral into forward speed; and a transmission control coupled to each speed regulator control lever; further wherein there is a longitudinally disposed space between the left and right transmissions, and a power take off shaft is disposed in the space extending anteriorly and driven by the motive power source for powering a powered attachment arranged to be attached at the anterior of the tractor, further including a shaft extensio
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Inventor: Silvio Gallazzini
  • Patent number: 11465663
    Abstract: Provided is a cart robot having a charge function, which includes: a main body having a container in which goods are contained, a handle assembly installed on one side of the container, a battery module, and a battery management system (BMS) module for managing charge and discharge of the battery module; wheel assemblies rotatably coupled to a lower portion of the main body, and configured to move the main body in a direction of a force applied to the handle assembly; and an external charge module (CM) having a front connector provided on a lower front side of the main body and a rear connector provided on a lower rear side of the main body, electrically connected to an external power supply through the front or rear connector and configured to charge the battery module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jaecheon Sa, Sunryang Kim, Joohan Kim, Keunsik No
  • Patent number: 11399784
    Abstract: An imaging system is disclosed. The imaging system is operable to acquire and/or generate image data at positions relative to a subject. The imaging system includes a drive system configured to move the imaging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Medtronic Navigation, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Garlow, Robert P. Cloutier, John T. Hickey
  • Patent number: 11366188
    Abstract: According to some aspects, a portable magnetic resonance imaging system is provided, comprising a magnetics system having a plurality of magnetics components configured to produce magnetic fields for performing magnetic resonance imaging. The magnetics system comprises a permanent B0 magnet configured to produce a B0 field for the magnetic resonance imaging system, and a plurality of gradient coils configured to, when operated, generate magnetic fields to provide spatial encoding of emitted magnetic resonance signals, a power system comprising one or more power components configured to provide power to the magnetics system to operate the magnetic resonance imaging system to perform image acquisition, and a base that supports the magnetics system and houses the power system, the base comprising at least one conveyance mechanism allowing the portable magnetic resonance imaging system to be transported to different locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: Hyperfine Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Stephen Poole, Cedric Hugon, Hadrien A. Dyvorne, Laura Sacolick, William J. Mileski, Jeremy Christopher Jordan, Alan B. Katze, Jr., Jonathan M. Rothberg, Todd Rearick, Christopher Thomas McNulty
  • Patent number: 11358042
    Abstract: A rideable golf bag cart/cycle (10) is a personal riding golf cart/cycle adapted to transport a single rider (13) and a golf bag (12) for use on a golf course. The cart/cycle (10) is generally symmetrical about a longitudinal plane (16) and includes a frame (18) with a seat (20), a front wheel and steering components (22), a rear wheel (24), an inclined bag support structure (26) extending between the legs of the rider (13), and a motor/control subassembly (28). A collapsed mode (30) in some embodiments is achieved by folding down the handlebars (72) and pivoting the running boards (56) up against the frame (16). An enhanced embodiment (118) includes a canopy (122) and a deluxe multifunctional console (124).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Eric W. Reimers, Michael J. Deden, Dale H. Truett
  • Patent number: 11285861
    Abstract: A riding device for transporting a load and a human with three sets of laterally spaced wheels, and a foot stand assembly suspended above the riding surface, wherein a user may stand on the foot stand assembly and steer the riding device. The device comprises a first set of swivel caster wheels, a second set of drive wheels, and a third set of foot stand assembly wheels connected with a frame and load bearing platform. The riding device preferably uses a battery as a power source, and is sized to fit through doorways, hallways, and into elevators so that it may be used inside or outside to transport tools or other equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Inventor: Robert Fruechtenicht
  • Patent number: 11260935
    Abstract: A pedal powered motor-assist golf bag cart/cycle (10) is a personal riding golf cart/cycle adapted to transport a rider and a golf bag (12) for use on a golf course. The cart/cycle (10) is generally symmetrical about a longitudinal plane (11) and includes a frame (14) with a seat (16), a front wheel and steering components (18), a rear wheel (20), an inclined bag support (22), a pedal subassembly (24), a motor assist subassembly (26), and controls (28). It is adapted to be propelled by either the pedal subassembly (24), the motor subassembly (26), or both together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: Sun Mountain Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric W. Reimers, Michael J. Deden, Dale H. Truett
  • Patent number: 11167783
    Abstract: An operating head for an industrial truck comprises a support extending along a longitudinal axis and comprising opposing carrier sections. One or more gripping sections are positioned opposite each of the opposing carrier sections, wherein the opposing carrier sections and gripping sections at least partially define a handle opening. The operating head further comprises at least one operating element positioned on at least one of the opposing carrier sections. The at least one operating element comprises a cylindrical body extending along a cylindrical body axis and defining a bulge extending radially from the cylindrical body along a bulge axis. The bulge extends towards the one or more gripping sections when the at least one operating element is in a rest position and the at least one operating element is pivotable about the cylindrical body axis by exerting a force against the bulge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: Jungheinrich Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Helmut Lohmann, Michael Schueler, Holger Brunckhorst, Andreas Knie
  • Patent number: 11046344
    Abstract: A gyroscopically-responsive power assisted moment arm is disclosed for use in connection with vehicles such as load carrying devices. A moment arm extends to a pivot point such that when a longitudinal force is applied at the moment arm, a sensor senses such force and outputs an energizing signal to a motor to drive a wheel. If a rotational or vertical force is applied to the moment arm, the motor need not be driven. According to the invention, therefore, a power assist can be provided to a user to drive a wheel in a desired direction of transport while not causing drive during tipping or unloading of the load carrying portion of the vehicle. Such an apparatus can be advantageously applied to a power assisted wheelbarrow, as one exemplary application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: SECURE INFORMATION DEVICES INC.
    Inventor: John B. Snyder
  • Patent number: 11039965
    Abstract: A patient conveyance apparatus such as a transport chair or a stretcher is disclosed. The apparatus has a frame onto which a patient support with a lowering backrest is provided. The apparatus has two handles extending away from the frame. The handles are rotatable about two axes to change their position, and can be moved through different operative and stowed positions without conflicting with movement of backrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: MODSEL PTY LTD.
    Inventors: Lester Rowland, Mark Gilroy
  • Patent number: 11013655
    Abstract: Provided is an autonomous hospital bed including: a frame; wheels; motors to drive the wheels; a controller in communication with the motors; sensors; a processor; a tangible, non-transitory, machine readable medium storing instructions that when executed by the processor effectuate operations including: capturing, with the sensors, depth data indicating distances to objects within an environment of the hospital bed and directions of the distances; capturing, with the sensors, movement data indicating movement distance and direction of the hospital bed; generating, with the processor, a map of the environment using the depth and movement data; generating, with the processor, a movement path to a first location; instructing, with the processor, motor drivers of the wheels to move the hospital bed along the movement path; and, inferring, with the processor, a location of the hospital bed within the environment as the hospital bed navigates along the movement path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: AI Incorporated
    Inventors: Ali Ebrahimi Afrouzi, Lukas Fath, Chen Zhang
  • Patent number: 10988154
    Abstract: A pallet sled includes a base and a pair of tines extending from the base. A load wheel supports outer ends of each of the tines. A wheel supports the base. At least one motor is configured to drive the base wheel or at least one of the load wheels for driving the pallet sled. The motor may be a hub motor inside the base wheel or the load wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventors: Travis James Englert, Joseph E. Popovits, II, Derick Foster, Dane Gin Mun Kalinowski, Sayre Giorgio Peralta
  • Patent number: 10967897
    Abstract: A foldable golf cart includes an upper frame, a lower frame, a handlebar set, a front wheel set, and two rear wheel sets. The upper frame is mounted on the lower frame. The front wheel set is mounted at a front end of the lower frame. The rear wheel sets are rotatably mounted on the left side and the right side of the rear end of the lower frame respectively. The handlebar set is connected with the upper frame through a first lock mechanism, the upper frame is connected with the lower frame through a second lock mechanism, and the first lock mechanism and the second lock mechanism are connected through a link mechanism. When the first lock mechanism is unlocked, the handlebar set is rotated, and at this moment, the link mechanism drives the second lock mechanism to be unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: NINGBO WENTAI SPORT EQUIPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sheng Zhang
  • Patent number: 10858051
    Abstract: A standing operator support system for riding equipment, such as a standing mower, includes a suspendable standing platform for supporting the load of a standing operator and a suspension assembly adjustably engageable with the standing platform to suspend the standing platform relative to a fixable platform pivot axis of the standing platform. The suspension assembly is configured to allow for a uniform suspension experience for varied operators of varied weights while maintaining the standing platform in a relatively uniform and substantially horizontal orientation relative to terrain being traversed for the varied operators of varied weights. The suspension assembly is adjustable relative to the standing platform via a single motion to adjust between operator weight settings. The suspension assembly also may be adjustable relative to the standing platform for traverse over discrete raised portions of a terrain, such as a low rock wall or a curb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: MTD PRODUCTS INC
    Inventors: Matthew Redinger, William Kromer
  • Patent number: 10836453
    Abstract: A bicycle controller includes an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit controls a transmission device that changes a ratio of a rotational speed of a wheel of a bicycle to a rotational speed of a crank of the bicycle, and a motor that transmits torque to an upstream side of the transmission device in a transmission path of a manual driving force that is input to the crank. The electronic control unit switches between a first mode that drives the motor in accordance with the manual driving force and a second mode that allows the motor to be driven to assist walking of the bicycle. The electronic control unit controls the transmission device to change the ratio upon detection of the electronic control unit switching between the first mode and the second mode or the electronic control unit being in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Tsuchizawa, Hiroshi Matsuda, Kazuhiro Fujii, Satoshi Shahana, Hiroyuki Miyoshi, Etsuyoshi Watarai
  • Patent number: 10828215
    Abstract: Disclosed is a handling system that makes it possible to place a wheeled sleeping unit, particularly a hospital bed, in a high position for a maintenance operation. The system includes a supporting device that is slidably mounted along a guide assembly and is provided with a receiving assembly that is hinged onto one or more vertical slidable portions of the device that are adjacent to a raising area. A sleeping unit can be placed in the area, above a lifting portion defined by the receiving assembly, and a longitudinal side of the unit can be positioned against an abutment surface of the assembly. The receiving assembly includes a holding element that fits into the top of the unit so as to lock the positioning of the unit in the receiving assembly, which makes it possible to change the orientation of the unit after a raising phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignees: UNIVERSITE DE CAEN, CENTRE HOSPITALIER PUBLIC DU COTENTIN
    Inventors: Yannick Guhel, Jean-Pierre Guillerm, Mickaël Besnard
  • Patent number: 10807462
    Abstract: An axle assembly includes a first wheel connected in a rotationally fixed manner to a first wheel shaft with a wheel hub motor and a second wheel connected in a rotationally fixed manner to a second wheel shaft. The second wheel is coupled by a mechanical transmission mechanism in a driving manner to the wheel hub motor. The transmission mechanism has a transmission shaft unit which extends generally parallel to, but non-coaxially with the wheel shafts such that the transmission shaft unit is offset in the vehicle longitudinal direction from the wheel shafts and is coupled via coupling units in a force-transmitting manner on one hand to the wheel hub motor and on the other hand to the second wheel to provide drive force to both wheels from a single wheel hub motor at least partially containing within one of the wheel hubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Friedrich Wolf-Monheim
  • Patent number: 10744831
    Abstract: A spreader sprayer system includes a frame member defining a frame body that has a first side, a second side, a front portion, and a rear portion, a first walking member pivotably coupled to the first side of the frame body, a second walking member pivotably coupled to the second side, a first and second plurality of drive wheels, and at least one spray container. The first plurality of drive wheels are disposed on the first side of the frame body and are operatively coupled to the first walking member. The second plurality of drive wheels are disposed on the second side of the frame body and are operatively coupled to the second walking member. Each spray container is coupled to at least one of the first walking member or the second walking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: THE TORO COMPANY
    Inventor: Thomas M. Rich
  • Patent number: 10731812
    Abstract: A push cart according to one aspect of the present disclosure includes a wheel, a body frame, and a lighting device. The body frame includes a handle portion and rotatably supports the wheel. The body frame is configured to be able to mount a loading platform on the body frame. The handle portion is gripped by a user of the push cart. The lighting device emits light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: MAKITA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomonobu Nashimoto, Tetsuya Kiuchi, Katsuna Hayashi, Kouichi Takeda
  • Patent number: 10717360
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a mobile cart which can be utilized for transporting beach supplies including toys games, sporting goods, umbrellas, blankets, towels and food. Advantageously, the subject invention can be folded into a small suitcase like container and then opened to provide a cart as set forth herein. The cart according to the present invention may also include a self-propulsion system including a motor or motors for driving a tread, track or wheels along with a low friction skid surface or skis for directing the cart to a desired location. There may also be included a power source, for example batteries or solar panels, may be utilized to supply the power needed for self-propulsion and for powering or charging portable electronic devices, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Robert Cates
  • Patent number: 10717493
    Abstract: A balancing transporter is provided to mitigate occurrence of undesired sudden turning and falling of a user by virtue of various mechanisms that control the source/cause of mistakes and implement post-mistake remedies. Two adjusting members are operated by the user for turning control in a manner that interference between operations on the adjusting members and on handles is prevented. Maximum allowance of difference between wheel speeds is introduced to prevent sudden turns due to inappropriate operation. A rotational interlock unit mechanically enables the adjusting members to rotate in opposite directions to prevent sudden turns. Shock absorption and balance compensation mechanisms are introduced to keep the balancing transporter from tilting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Fu-Long Chang
  • Patent number: 10710687
    Abstract: A front propeller on a main shaft communicated from one end to an engine transmission; the propeller having a hub and a plurality of blades extending radially outwardly from the hub; a rear propeller co-axially to, and spaced apart from, the front propeller rearwardly in an axial direction having a hub and a plurality of blades extending radially outwardly from the hub. An adaptor is coaxial with the main shaft and comprising a second shaft for supporting the rear propeller. A plurality of pitched-formed seating surfaces having ramps, are spaced apart from the second shaft in an axial direction. An adaptor communicates with the rear side of the front propeller in the axial direction; a plurality of locking elements are movable in the axial direction, each being in contact with the seating surfaces of the adaptor, and communicate with the rear propeller from the other end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Mehmet Nevres Ulgen
  • Patent number: 10687771
    Abstract: An X-ray diagnostic apparatus according to one embodiment comprises an X-ray tube, an X-ray detector, a holding mechanism, position specifying circuitry and control circuitry. The X-ray detector detects the X-ray which has been generated by the X-ray tube and has passed through an object placed on a top of a bed movable in an examination room. The holding mechanism holds the X-ray tube and the X-ray detector, and movable in the examination room. The position specifying circuitry specifies a position of the holding mechanism in the examination room and a position of the bed in the examination room. The control circuitry controls the holding mechanism in order to change a position and angle of the holding mechanism based on the position of the holding mechanism and the position of the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Canon Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Hisayuki Uehara, Takeo Matsuzaki, Akio Tetsuka, Jun Sakakibara, Katsuie Ikawa, Masashi Hirasawa, Keisuke Sugawara
  • Patent number: 10690230
    Abstract: A transmission comprising a shaft (6) made as a single piece or as at least two shaft sections (6A, 6B) on a common axis, a “drive toothed” wheel (5) mounted to rotate freely on said shaft (6), and an automatically clutching clutch mechanism (8) arranged between the drive wheel (5) and the shaft (6) or each of the shaft sections (6A, 6B), the or each clutch mechanism (8) comprising: a clutch plate (81) mounted to rotate freely on the associated shaft (6) or shaft section (6A, 6B); a part (82) that is carried by and constrained to rotate with the associated shaft (6) or shaft section (6A, 6B); and a brake of said clutch plate that acts continuously on the angular speed of said plate (81). The brake (83) of the at least one of the clutch plates (81) is threaded on the shaft (6) or the shaft section (6A, 6B) carrying said plate (81).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: FRANCE REDUCTEURS
    Inventor: Emmanuel Teillet
  • Patent number: 10667772
    Abstract: There is provided a radiation-irradiation device of which a direction can be easily changed obliquely with a simple structure. A rear wheel unit (12R) of a radiation-irradiation device includes first locking means that includes a front operating portion (109F) of a brake pedal (109), a shaft (108), a gear (107), a cam (106), a rod (104), a lever (105), and a disc (103) and restrains the traveling rotation of a wheel (102). Further, the rear wheel unit (12R) includes second locking means that includes a rear operating portion (109R) of the brake pedal (109), the shaft (108), the gear (107), and the cam (106) and restrains the revolution of a casing (101).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Mikami, Noriyuki Onobori
  • Patent number: 10654503
    Abstract: A tactical transport cart manually navigable by a single human operator over both topographic and hydrographic terrains has a frame, a payload-supporting area on the frame, a pair of wheels or other terrain-engaging transport propulsion members attached to the frame, a handle structure attached to the frame, at least one motor connected in driving relation to the transport propulsion members, a battery for providing motive power to the motor, and a control device connected between the battery and the motor for controlling supply of motive power to the motor, with a switch device mounted on the handle structure for selective actuation and deactuation of the motor. The frame, transport propulsion members and handle structure are cooperatively dimensioned and configured for movement of the cart over ground surfaces of topographic terrains and for partially and fully submerged movement over water-covered surfaces of hydrographic terrains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Hendrick Motorsports Performance Group, LLC
    Inventors: Marshall Carlson, Mark Allen Thoreson
  • Patent number: 10641363
    Abstract: A lawn mower (10) may include a blade housing (20), an engine (30), a mobility assembly (310); and a drive system (300). The engine (30) may be operably coupled to the blade housing (20) and configured to selectively rotate a drive shaft (130). The mobility assembly (310) may include a first set of wheels (40, 42) and be selectively operably coupled to the engine (30) to provide mobility of the lawn mower responsive at least in part to operation of the engine (30). The drive system (300) may include a first transmission (110, 120), a flexible driving member (100), a disengagement assembly (116), and a remote actuator. The a disengagement assembly (116) may include a latching lever (125), where the latching lever (125) is configured to switch the first transmission (110, 120) between a disengaged mode and an engaged mode, and where the latching lever (125) is configured to move between a disengaged position corresponding to the disengaged mode and an engaged position corresponding to the engaged mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventor: David Baker
  • Patent number: 10633012
    Abstract: A wheel assembly for installation on a shopping cart to retro-fit the shopping cart for facilitating self-checkout. The wheel assembly may include a support structure and a wheel rotatably supported on the support structure. The wheel assembly may further include a rechargeable battery supported by the support structure and a charging module supported on the support structure. In addition, the wheel assembly may include a force-detection module configured to provide a signal related to an item event in which an item is deposited within the shopping cart. Still further, the wheel assembly may include a processing and communications unit configured to receive the signal from the force-detection module. The processing and communications unit may transmit the signal to a device that is separate from the wheel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Mastercard International Incorporated
    Inventors: Simon Phillips, Alan Johnson
  • Patent number: 10625806
    Abstract: A scooter has a load-carrying deck, a steering rod for steering a front wheel, two outriggers arranged on opposite sides to be pivotable between retracted stowed positions and extended support positions. Each outrigger has a wheel mounted movably on the outrigger to move between a stowed position and a ground-contacting support position. The outriggers when in their support position form a wider loading surface than the deck alone. A control arm is attached to the steering rod for movement between a folded/stowed position lying adjacent to the rod and an operating position extending forward from the steering rod. A sensor detects movement of at least a section of the control arm and, in response thereto, provides control inputs to an electric motor driving a rear wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Inventor: Urs Christen
  • Patent number: 10597067
    Abstract: A miniature vehicle includes a chassis frame, front and rear wheel assemblies operatively coupled at front and rear ends of the chassis frame respectively, a motorized assembly supported on the chassis frame to power the rear wheel assembly, and a foot steering arrangement operatively coupled to the front wheel assembly. Therefore, the user is able to control the miniature vehicle by the feet of the user to precisely steer and control the miniature vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: UPRIGHT MANUFACTURERS (SHENZHEN) LTD.
    Inventor: Hung-Chia Lee
  • Patent number: 10569831
    Abstract: A transportation device, in particular a foot scooter, for the locomotion of a person, the transportation device including a footboard having a deck for accommodating the person, the transportation device being propellable by a push-off by the person, the transportation device including a motor for supporting the propulsion of the transportation device, the transportation device including a detection device for detecting a push-off state and a control device for controlling the support of the propulsion as a function of the detected push-off state, the detection device including a sensing device (10) for detecting a force exerted by a person on the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Brake Force One GmbH
    Inventors: Lars Heber, Stephan Stabrey
  • Patent number: 10555689
    Abstract: A cyber-physical system (CPS) pressure based sensing system and methods for assessing stance or mobility of a test subject standing or moving are provided. The CPS pressure based sensing system can include at least one piezoresistive transducer configured to obtain a plurality of measurements with respect to the stance or movements of the test subject, and a data analyzer configured to determine patterns of the stance or movement by performing machine learning classification on the plurality of measurements obtained by the at least one piezoresistive transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: The Florida International University Board of Trustees
    Inventors: Juan Sebastian Marquez, Ou Bai, Roozbeh Atri
  • Patent number: 10525998
    Abstract: A power assist system for a wagon having a safety cut-off system is provided. The power assist system preferably includes a wagon body having a plurality of wheels, at least one of which is a driven wheel, a pivotable handle, a drive system having a motor mechanically connected to the driven wheel, a microcontroller that obtains an input signal and provides an output signal to the drive system and, a safety cut-off system connected to the handle. In one embodiment the safety cut-off system includes a safety-control switch electrically connected to the microcontroller, and the microcontroller adjusts the signal sent to the drive system based on a state of the safety-control switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Radio Flyer Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew E. Young, Daniel R. Greenberg
  • Patent number: 10494006
    Abstract: A moving carrier includes a body frame connecting device, an adjustment assembly, a body frame, an axle frame, at least one axle and at least one wheel. The adjustment assembly is disposed on the body frame connecting device. One end of the body frame is connected to the body frame connecting device. The relative positions of the body frame and the body frame connecting device are changed by adjusting the adjustment assembly. The axle frame is disposed on the body frame connecting device. The axle is connected to the axle frame. The wheel is disposed on the axle and connected to the axle frame by the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: UNIQUE PRODUCT & DESIGN CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chih-Ching Cheng
  • Patent number: 10433479
    Abstract: A knife drive assembly for use in a harvesting header is disclosed. The knife drive may be mounted near the center line of the cutter bar of the header. Mechanical power from the power unit behind the header (typically the combine power output shaft) may be translated for application to two knife assembly sections in the cutter bar at the front of the cutter table. Movement of the two knife assembly sections with this apparatus can be fully synchronized and 180 degrees out of phase, to maximize cutting effectiveness and minimize vibration of the header. The unitary drive assembly may allow for rapid repair and manufacture, and the size and weight of the knife drive assembly may represent a significant weight and balance advantage over the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: HONEY BEE MANUFACTURING LTD.
    Inventors: Gregory Honey, Glenn Honey