For Wearer's Head Patents (Class 2/410)
  • Patent number: 10775137
    Abstract: A modular ceramic armor applique assembly includes ceramic armor element(s) that attach to an outer surface of a ballistic helmet and are held in place by structured envelope(s) to provide protection from rifle-fired projectiles at muzzle velocity. The modular ceramic armor applique assembly includes layers of substrate(s) disposed in one or more locations selected from a group comprising: (a) between the one or more ceramic armor elements and the one or more structured envelopes; (b) between the one or more ceramic armor elements and the outer surface of a ballistic helmet; and (c) between the one or more ceramic armor elements and the inner surface of the ballistic shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: A. Jacob Ganor
  • Patent number: 10765180
    Abstract: A strap tightener assembly has a base, a tightening device mounted on the base and movable relative thereto, and a strap assembly coupled to the tightening device. The tightening device provides incremental movement of the strap assembly relative to the base at a plurality of predefined settings. A cover extends over the strap assembly and connects to the base so that the base and the cover form a channel permitting movement of the strap assembly therethrough. The cover defines an elongate slot extending along a portion of a length of the cover, and the strap assembly has an indicator identifying the relative location of the strap assembly to the cover. A strap is securable to the strap assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Arni Thor Ingimundarson, Sindri Pall Sigurdsson, Janaki Ram-srinivasaRao Chetlapalli, Jason Robert Taylor, Shireen Maria Palsson
  • Patent number: 10624405
    Abstract: An aerodynamic control device includes a void opening. The void opening decreases a resistance of a turbulence generated by a component part located behind a center of a longitudinal width of a helmet and is formed so that one end is connected to the helmet and the other end protrudes backward from the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: SHOEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayuki Shida, Eiji Isobe
  • Patent number: 10609979
    Abstract: The adjustable safety helmet for motorsports is an item of personal protective equipment. The adjustable safety helmet for motorsports is configured for use in activities involving high velocities including riding motorcycles. More specifically, the adjustable safety helmet for motorsports is a motorcycle helmet. The adjustable safety helmet for motorsports comprises a protective structure, a plurality of rack and pinions, and a plurality of resistance springs. The protective structure further comprises an anterior structure and a posterior structure. The plurality of rack and pinions and the plurality of resistance springs are installed within the protective structure such that: 1) the anterior structure and the posterior structure separate when the protective structure is donned; and, 2) the anterior structure and the posterior structure join to create the protected environment of the adjustable safety helmet for motorsports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Gerald F. Gallo
  • Patent number: 10603203
    Abstract: A custom cranial remodeling device to correct a deformed head of a subject comprises an inner layer shaped to contact the head of the subject at predetermined areas, the inner layer is deposited by an additive manufacturing device and an outer layer deposited by the additive manufacturing device. The inner layer and the outer layer are each formed by the additive manufacture device utilizing a device data file derived from a subject data file, the subject data file representative of the shape of the deformed head, the device data file determining the shape of the cranial remodeling device to correct the shape of the deformed head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: CRANIAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy R Littlefield, Jerold N Luisi, George E Kechter
  • Patent number: 10583346
    Abstract: A liner assembly for a protective helmet has a rigid shell with an inner surface and concave curvature having a front portion, a rear portion, a crown portion, a pair of opposite portions and a pair of opposite jaw flaps; a wrap-around pad has a plurality of circular cells spaced along a curved line around the inner surface, and at least one additional cell at each end of the curved line. Two jaw pads, each jaw pad removably engaged to a respective one of the jaw flaps, and each jaw pad has one cell having one cell with two curvilinear segments. Each cell of the wrap around pad and the jaw pads includes an outer sheet of thermoplastic and an inner sheet of thermoplastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: KRANOS IP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Erb, Cortney Warmouth, Vincent R. Long, Louis Anthony Vanhoutin, Ray Drake
  • Patent number: 10524529
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lightweight protective helmet having an improved ventilation system therein. The protective helmet comprises an outer shell and an inner liner that are joined together to form a shell/liner composite. The ventilation system interacts with one or more ventilation ports in the protective helmet to control the flow of ambient air in and out of the interior of the protective helmet. The ventilation system may be integrated or encased within the shell/liner composite, or it may be adapted to be used on the exterior of the helmet. In addition, the ventilation system may include one of several types of interchangeable insert members to allow active or passive control of ambient air into the interior of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: RESOLUTION STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT, INC.
    Inventor: David T. Muskovitz
  • Patent number: 10499699
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method for interlocking a shared bicycle and an intelligent safety helmet, and the method comprises the following steps: (1) providing an electronic frame lock and an intelligent safety helmet for using cooperatively on a shared bicycle respectively, interlocking both of them when the shared bicycle is parked; (2) checking the current state information of an electric lock and a safety helmet lock simultaneously when a user uses the mobile intelligent terminal to scan the shared bicycle; (3) unlocking of the electric lock and the safety helmet lock when the verification is passed; (4) wearing an intelligent safety helmet before using the bicycle; (5) beginning to record the trip information by the intelligent helmet after the user puts on the intelligent safety helmet; (6) stopping the voice broadcast function and terminating the recording of the trip information when the state information of the electronic frame lock and the safety helmet lock which is checked shows that the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Dongguan University of Technology
    Inventor: Baiman Chen
  • Patent number: 10471340
    Abstract: A game that dispenses water onto a user is described, as well as methods of play and apparatuses for same. In some embodiments, water is dispensed from headgear after receiving a wireless transmission from a transmitter located on a gun, console or other device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Elliot A. Rudell
  • Patent number: 10398186
    Abstract: A protective helmet, in particular a firefighting helmet, has a helmet shell and coupling arrangements which are arranged on either side in a temple region in each case and have first coupling elements for coupling in a releasable manner in each case to an accessory. The first coupling elements are retained on the helmet shell via a retainer of a connecting device in different positions one behind the other along a longitudinal axis of an adjustment path. Each of the first coupling elements has arranged thereon a first coupling member which is arranged in a first laterally offset position in relation to the retainer, which is arranged along the longitudinal axis of the adjustment path. Also, safety equipment includes such a protective helmet and at least one accessory coupled thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Rosenbauer International AG
    Inventor: Peter Staudinger
  • Patent number: 10292857
    Abstract: Head-and-neck immobilization devices may include a yoke sized and shaped to contact a person's back and shoulders. Straps may extend from the yoke, the straps configured to secure the yoke to the person's torso. Two head immobilization pads may be sized and shaped to respectively contact opposing sides of the person's head, each of the two head immobilization pads connected to the yoke by a respective selectively rotatable, selectively rigid connection. A majority of the person's head may remain unobstructed by the head-and-neck immobilization device when the two head immobilization pads contact the two opposing sides of the person's head and are rigidly secured in place to immobilize the person's neck and head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Cornerstone Research Group, Inc
    Inventors: Jacob A. Monat, Joseph H. Althaus, Matthew B. Sunday, Jason M. Hermiller, Kelly H. Ridout, Kristin M. Cable
  • Patent number: 10278446
    Abstract: A shield for a helmet includes a shield having a sun visor rotatably and axially supported at a position different from a rotation center of the shield. The sun visor rotates within a range from a first position where the sun visor, like a bill of a hat, lies above a front opening part and projects forward to a second position where the sun visor lies outside facing the shield in an overlapping manner, and the sun visor is retained in the first position. The sun visor is operated and moved forward and away from the shield to rotate from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Michio Arai
  • Patent number: 10258097
    Abstract: The invention includes a protective headpiece and components thereof and methods for their use. Preferred examples comprise a helmet component, a plurality of piers joining said helmet component to a shoulder pad component and an inner hat component permitting the wearer the ability to move the head from side to side and/or up and down within the helmet component without moving the helmet component. The helmet component may comprise a plurality of fluid-filled floating plates or floats on the inner surface thereof to cushion the head against impact during activities including, for example, football, race car driving, military activities and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: William Popejoy
  • Patent number: 10244810
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for protecting a user head are provided. In one example, a computer-implemented method can comprise receiving, by a system operatively coupled to a processor, a set of data detected by one or more sensor embedded within the helmet device. The computer-implemented method can also comprise adjusting, by the system, a pressure condition within a first set of inflatable cells of the helmet device based on the set of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Donald K Martin
  • Patent number: 10219579
    Abstract: A work or sports protective helmet, with a structure having a substantially convex outer surface; a substantially concave inner surface adapted to receive a user's head in engagement is provided. The helmet also has two coupling and decoupling elements for engagement an accessory, such as a visor, a mask, a net or a similar accessory, each of which can be engaged on a lateral portion of the outer surface of structure. Each coupling and decoupling element can be removed from the helmet and has a body having a coupling mechanism which allows the engagement and the disengagement of the accessory to/from the helmet when the coupling and decoupling elements are engaged on the latter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: KASK S.P.A.
    Inventor: Angelo Gotti
  • Patent number: 10208901
    Abstract: A portable lighting device includes a main front lamp directed in a first direction, an auxiliary lamp directed in a second direction different from the first direction and a controller connected to the auxiliary lamp so as to selectively illuminate the auxiliary lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: KOEHLER-BRIGHT STAR LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Keisling, Mark Dirsa
  • Patent number: 10166941
    Abstract: A light housing for installing a light on a bumper of an automobile. It includes a cylindrical member with a front opening which has a shape defined by an intersection of the cylinder with a first plane that is non-perpendicular to a cylindrical axis of the cylinder, and an oval shaped mounting ring joined to the cylindrical member at the front opening. The mounting ring had a backward extending outer rim, the outer rim having a shape that conforms to a second plane which is parallel to the first plane. When mounted on the bumper, the backward extending outer rim presses against the bumper surface. The light housing is designed such that when mounted, the axial direction of the cylindrical member forms a predefined angle relative to the forward direction of the automobile, e.g. parallel to the forward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignees: WARNER SCIENCE APPLICATIONS CORP., PARAMOUNT AUTOMOTIVE RESTYLING INC.
    Inventor: Mingfa Yang
  • Patent number: 10092054
    Abstract: Disclosed is a helmet that is aesthetically appealing and that is capable of decelerating impacts from any direction. In a preferred embodiment, the helmet features: a shell with a head cavity that is lined with shock absorbing material, wherein the shell is outfitted with a halo of deceleration plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventor: Albert Williams
  • Patent number: 10024953
    Abstract: Various techniques are disclosed for providing a radar system. In one example, such a radar system includes a radar unit adapted to broadcast radar signals and receive return signals in response thereto. The radar unit includes a waveform generator adapted to provide pulse waveforms of different pulse widths and Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) waveforms, wherein the waveforms are interleaved with each other to provide a transmission sequence for the radar signals for detection of long range and short range targets, a power amplifier adapted to amplify the radar signals for broadcast, and an antenna adapted to broadcast the radar signals and receive the return signals. Other examples of radar systems and related methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Johnson, Richard Jales, Stuart Mudge, Larry Yeomans, Chris Freeman, Stewart Lawton, Steve Tostevin
  • Patent number: 10016010
    Abstract: An apparel item having a cord lock for restricting the movement of a hood on an article of apparel. The cord lock may have a first end, a second end, and an intervening portion. The cord lock may be positioned on an outer-facing surface of a back panel of the apparel item proximate to a neckline area of the apparel item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventors: Stewart D. Horner, Luke A. Pezzimenti
  • Patent number: 9833032
    Abstract: A helmet can comprise an upper-body and a lower-body nested within the upper-body. An opening can be formed within a front portion of the helmet and disposed between an outer surface of the upper-body and an inner surface of the lower-body. A first magnet can be encased within the upper-body or the lower-body and adjacent the opening. A shield can comprise a shield mount and a second magnet coupled to the shield mount that is sized to fit within the opening and to be releasably coupled to the first magnet. The first magnet and the second magnet can be self-aligned in direct alignment with eyes of a user. A third magnet can be disposed above the first magnet and aligned with the second magnet on an outer surface of the helmet out of sight from eyes of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregg T. Jacobsen
  • Patent number: 9723889
    Abstract: Protective gear includes an outer shell layer connected to a middle shell layer through an outer energy and impact transformer layer. The middle shell layer is connected to an inner shell layer through an inner energy and impact transformer layer. The outer and inner energy and impact transformer layers flexibly connect the shell layers to absorb impact forces, rotational forces, shear forces, etc., and allow the various shell layers to move and slide relative to the other shell layers. The outer and inner energy and impact transformer layers may be constructed using gels, fluids, electro-rheological elements, magneto-rheological elements, etc. The protective gear may be formed as helmets or body protection for various activities and protect users from not only impact and penetrative forces, but rotational and shear forces as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Brainguard Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert T. Knight
  • Patent number: 9706807
    Abstract: A headgear system with first and second helmets is provided. The first helmet has a frontal bone section that covers a frontal bone of a wearer of the first helmet, and a first magnet component that is located at the frontal bone section of the first helmet. The first magnet component extends at least 90 degrees around the central axis of the first helmet. The second helmet has a frontal bone section that covers a frontal bone of the wearer, and a second magnet component is located at the frontal bone section of the second helmet. The magnet forces of the first and second magnet components repel one another when the first and second magnet components are located proximate to one another to help reduce force onto the head from impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Biosport Athletechs, LLC
    Inventors: Dewey W Abbondanza, Dean Abbondanza
  • Patent number: 9693594
    Abstract: A protective device for a head of an individual person. The protective device forms a cap that includes a flexible headpiece and a segmented outer protective shell disposed about the flexible headpiece for distributing an impact load. The device covers and protects the front, top, sides and back of the head from impact injuries and rebound effects of high speed objects as seen for example, a baseball or softball moving at a speed of up to about 125 mph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Harvest Moon Inventions, LLC
    Inventors: Mynor J. Castro, Caroline Vanlngen-Dunn, Ira Harold Dorfman
  • Patent number: 9675127
    Abstract: A protective sports helmet includes a cap structure having a plurality of structurally independent cap portions and mutually connected to flexible interconnecting members such that the helmet has at least one overall configuration of minimum dimensions when not worn, with the parts of the cap mutually adjacent to each other, separate from an operating condition having maximum dimensions when worn. The parts of the cap are held together by interconnecting members in positions at a suitable distance from each other configured to enclose a user's head. The portions include corresponding sections each extending continuously between the frontal and occipital extremities, of longitudinal extent between those extremities which predominates in comparison with their transverse extent, the sections extending substantially parallel and at a distance from each other so that in the configuration having the minimum dimensions adjacent sections abut each other along lateral sides which transversely bound each section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: SAFILO SOCIETA AZIONARIA FABRICA ITALIANA LAVORAZONE OCCHIALI S.P.A.
    Inventors: Paolo Guadagnin, Ivo Benvegnu'
  • Patent number: 9668532
    Abstract: A helmet chin curtain add-on for effectively preventing wind, cold temperature and noise from entering into a helmet, thereby removing inconveniences when wearing a helmet, is disclosed. The chin curtain is preferably made from a resilient flexible solid material providing for an adequate elastic adjustment, allowing a fit to a wide variety of different helmets. The single piece nature of the chin curtain preferably allows for the prevention of leaks for adequate wind and noise reduction. The elastomeric nature of the material allows the chin curtain to retain its shape even when distorted from putting on and the removing the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: KIMPEX INC.
    Inventors: Robert Handfield, Nicolas Bouchard-Fortin
  • Patent number: 9635896
    Abstract: A protection helmet includes a crown provided with a frontal part and an occipital part including an inner occipital part, a neckband having an inner surface designed to be in contact with a user's head, and articulation system configured to allow passage of the neckband from a use position to a storage position of the protection helmet. In the storage position, the neckband is folded into the occipital part of the crown so that the inner surface is facing the inner occipital part of the crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: ZEDEL
    Inventor: Antonin Gaudillere
  • Patent number: 9618605
    Abstract: Various techniques are disclosed for providing a radar system. In one example, such a radar system includes a radar unit adapted to broadcast radar signals and receive return signals in response thereto. The radar unit includes a waveform generator adapted to provide pulse waveforms of different pulse widths and Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) waveforms, wherein the waveforms are interleaved with each other to provide a transmission sequence for the radar signals for detection of long range and short range targets, a power amplifier adapted to amplify the radar signals for broadcast, and an antenna adapted to broadcast the radar signals and receive the return signals. Other examples of radar systems and related methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart Johnson, Richard Jales, Stuart Mudge, Larry Yeomans, Chris Freeman, Stewart Lawton, Steve Tostevin
  • Patent number: 9572387
    Abstract: An improved edge band for a protective helmet includes a flexible woven-fiber elongate band applied to the edge of a helmet shell. The elongate band is positioned such that side edges of the elongate band extend in intimately conforming contact along a surface contour of the helmet shell. The edge band includes a matrix material in contact with fibers of the elongate band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: ARTISENT, LLC
    Inventor: David Charles Rogers
  • Patent number: 9560893
    Abstract: A headgear for a head safety product such as a face shield, hardhat or welding helmet includes a spring buffered cradle mounted on the horizontal band of the headgear to improve the fit, function, stability and comfort of the headgear. The cradle is flexible and has a concave inner surface contoured to conform to the shape of the head. A spring element is coupled between the cradle and the horizontal band to buffer the tension between the band and the head and more equally distribute pressure across the head. In a preferred embodiment, an occipital cradle includes two leaf springs coupled to the rear portion of the horizontal band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Wayne Gleason, Raymond Curci, Brett Pulito, Kevin Beckerdite, Rita Fulton
  • Patent number: 9492306
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a cervical spine protection apparatus one or more composite bands attached to provide restraint of one or more motions of the cervical spine of a wearer. The apparatus is designed to protect a wearer from incurring cervical spinal injuries, and/or to reduce the severity of cervical spine injuries without substantially compromising the normal functional range of motion of the wearer's cervical spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Drexel University
    Inventors: Sorin Siegler, Mary Milone, Yoganand Ghati
  • Patent number: 9400328
    Abstract: A radar device for an automotive radar system includes a base, a first antenna module including a first transmitting antenna and a plurality of first receiving antennas for emitting a detection signal and generating a first signal receiving result, wherein the first antenna is fixed on the base, a second antenna module including a second transmitting antenna and a plurality of second receiving antennas for emitting the detection signal and generating a second signal receiving result, wherein the second antenna is fixed on the base, and a control system disposed in the base and coupled to the first antenna module and the second antenna module for outputting the detection signal to the first transmitting antenna and the second antenna and processing the first signal receiving result and the second signal receiving result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Wistron NeWeb Corporation
    Inventors: Hsin-Lung Hsiao, I-Shan Chen
  • Patent number: 9370217
    Abstract: A ventilation duct comprises a left duct part and a right duct part which are arranged respectively on the left and right of a shell, and a central duct part which is arranged between the left and right duct parts. The left and right duct parts are held by limiting the movement thereof in the front/rear direction and the left/right direction of the shell, and in a direction away from the shell, by engaging support members, which are set at the arrangement positions of the left and right duct parts on an outer surface of the shell, and by the central duct part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Michio Arai
  • Patent number: 9302771
    Abstract: Emergency lighting for an aircraft has a primary power source for light units provided by the normal aircraft power supply and a secondary power source provided by power supply units operable to back-up the primary power source. Each light unit may have its own power supply unit operable to power the light unit in an emergency if the normal aircraft power supply fails or is otherwise unable to power the emergency lighting. Each power supply unit includes one or more electric double layer capacitors that are charged whenever the normal aircraft power supply is operational to provide the primary power source. The useful life of the electric double layer capacitors may be prolonged by reducing the capacitor voltage when the emergency lighting is switched off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: SAF-T-GLO LIMITED
    Inventor: Daniel Alan Rust
  • Patent number: 9289021
    Abstract: Protective gear such as a helmet includes multiple layers including an outer ball bearing layer and/or one or more energy and impact transformer layers. The ball bearing layer exposes multiple ball bearings on the outer surface of the protective gear to deflect and diminish shear forces and other rotational forces imparted onto the outer surface. In many examples, the ball bearings on the outer surface prevent the transfer of shear and rotational forces from the surface of a helmet onto a skull. The energy and impact transformer layers may also include various structures and materials used to dissipate mechanical energy applied to an outer layer or outer shell layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Brainguard Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Avery A. Kwan, Robert T. Knight
  • Patent number: 9179729
    Abstract: A tightening system can be used with a helmet or other wearable article. The tightening system can have a forehead strap that is space apart from a yoke, which can be configured to engage a back side of a wearer's head. A lace can extend between the forehead strap and the yoke and a tightening mechanism can be configured to adjust tension on the lace. One or more intermediate tenders can engage the lace in the gap between the forehead strap and the yoke so that the lace path between the forehead strap and the yoke is non-linear. The yoke can have a height adjustment mechanism. The tightening mechanism can be configured to provide a clicking sound during rotation in both the tightening direction and the loosening direction. The tightening mechanism can include a rotation limiter to prevent over-tightening and/or over-loosening of the tightening mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Boa Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Daniel Cotterman, Christopher Hoyt Converse
  • Patent number: 9119431
    Abstract: An improved design for a helmet to reduce injuries caused by helmet-to-helmet collisions. The helmet has a thin layer of padding added onto the hard shell of the helmet. The padding may be textured to add “crumple zones.” A thin, rugged, low-friction exterior cover is affixed to the padding. In one embodiment of the helmet, the cover is separated slightly from the padding to provide air space. The air space, combined with the textured padding, provides a substantial reduction in peak acceleration resulting from a helmet-to-helmet collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventor: Juliana Bain
  • Publication number: 20150135411
    Abstract: A ventilation duct comprises a left duct part and a right duct part which are arranged respectively on the left and right of a shell, and a central duct part which is arranged between the left and right duct parts. The left and right duct parts are held by limiting the movement thereof in the front/rear direction and the left/right direction of the shell, and in a direction away from the shell, by engaging support members, which are set at the arrangement positions of the left and right duct parts on an outer surface of the shell, and by the central duct part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: MICHIO ARAI
  • Patent number: 9032557
    Abstract: Various embodiments of protective helmets are disclosed, with a particular focus on rear opening full-face helmets. Embodiments include an emergency release mechanism tor such helmets, which allows the helmet to be separated into a front and rear shell thereby to facilitate removal from a wearer's head with minimal stress to the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Voztec Limited
    Inventors: Mark Bryant, John Vozzo
  • Publication number: 20150089725
    Abstract: A helmet an include a shell, a liner disposed within the shell, a flexible band disposed between the shell and a portion of the liner to releasably couple the liner to the shell without glue, hook and loop fasteners, or snaps. The helmet can also include an energy-absorbing layer of expanded polystyrene (EPS) including a groove. The comfort liner can be attached to the energy-absorbing layer without glue, hook and loop fasteners, or snaps, and a flexible band can be releasably disposed between the energy-absorbing layer and the comfort liner. The helmet can also include a groove on an inner surface of an outer shell. An energy-absorbing liner can include expanded polypropylene (EPP), and a flexible band can be disposed between the outer shell and the energy-absorbing liner to provide additional energy management, to releasably couple the energy-absorbing liner to the outer shell, or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Michael W. Lowe, Eamon Briggs
  • Patent number: 8990962
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a cervical spine protection apparatus one or more composite bands attached to provide restraint of one or more motions of the cervical spine of a wearer. The apparatus is designed to protect a wearer from incurring cervical spinal injuries, and/or to reduce the severity of cervical spine injuries without substantially compromising the normal functional range of motion of the wearer's cervical spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Drexel University
    Inventors: Sorin Siegler, Mary Milone, Yoganand Ghati
  • Publication number: 20150082521
    Abstract: A sports helmet optimizes the full peripheral field of vision of its wearer. The optical properties of the entire protective shell will allow the transmission of light, while reflecting a colored appearance externally, and remaining antireflective from the eye of the wearer. Internal padding and face guard also enhance the transmission of light compared to existing designs. Helmets constructed in accordance with the invention are made with a transparent shell material, with one or more optical layers to achieve an anti-reflective view from the eye side of the helmet and an acceptable appearance on the external surface of the shell. Single or multiple metalized thin films may be used to create a one-way mirror effect. In other embodiments see-through graphics may be used with microdot patterns. In certain embodiments, multiple optical coatings may be used to achieve a desired combination of transparency and light-absorbing properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Adam S. Hassan
  • Patent number: 8984670
    Abstract: Provided is a protective insert to be received into a pocket of a protective athletic headwear. The protective insert includes a hard outer layer, at least one pliable middle layer, and a pliable inner layer. The hard outer layer includes an arrangement of first openings to enable flexing of the hard outer layer to decelerate an impact to the at least one protective insert. The at least one pliable middle layer includes at least one arrangement of second openings. The pliable inner layer provides cushioning. The hard outer layer, the at least one pliable middle layer, and the pliable inner layer are sealed such that the second openings form sealed air pockets to absorb and distribute the impact to the outer layer about the at least one protective insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Robert E. Cleva
  • Patent number: 8981952
    Abstract: A sensor includes a housing and a mass, suspended in the housing. The motion of the mass emulates dynamic behavior of a brain of the wearer along a plurality of axes. At least one sensing element is coupled to generate sensor data based on the motion of the mass, in response to an impact to a protective helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: THL Holding Company, LLC
    Inventors: John W. Howard, Richard Cutler
  • Patent number: 8978167
    Abstract: A protective headgear device including a fabric cap (102) into which a hard shell (120) of reinforced fibers is inserted. A foam liner 140 or foam inserts (1500) are secured to the hard outer shell 120 and serve a shock absorbing function. The foam liner (14) and/or foam inserts (120) include or form grooves and/or channels used to direct hot air towards the top center of the headgear assembly where the hot air can be vented through holes which extend through the cap (102) and hard outer shell (120). The holes may pass through the foam liner 140 or meet up with holes on channels in or between the foam inserts through which air can pass. The hard outer shell maybe thinnest on top and thicker on the left and right sides. The center front and rear may be the same thickness as the top of the hard shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Mary Lynne Blair
  • Patent number: 8973170
    Abstract: A transport hood for conveying a detainee protects conveying personnel from exposure to blood and body fluids of the detainee, while avoiding discomfort and potential breathing difficulty to the detainee caused by blood and body fluids retained within the transport hood. The transport hood includes a top portion positioned over the head of the detainee to below the eyes and above the nose of the detainee. A bottom portion is joined to the top portion by a first circumferential length of elastic and extends downwardly to below the chin of the detainee. A second length of elastic gathers the bottom portion around the neck of the detainee. The transport hood further includes a skirt attached at the first length of elastic that hangs loosely and extends downwardly to at least the neck of the detainee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: John C. Cominsky
  • Patent number: 8973172
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising: a mount plate and at least one noise reduction element connected the mount plate. An article of head wear comprising: a shell having an upper portion and a lower open portion, at least one aperture located near the lower portion, and a noise reduction plate obstructing the at least one aperture. An article of head wear comprising: a shell having an upper portion and a lower portion, and a noise reduction element connected to the shell. A noise reduction element comprising: a frame having a framework, and a soundproofing element covering the framework. An apparatus comprising: a mount plate, and at least one aperture in the mount plate, wherein the aperture is formed to accommodate a noise reduction element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Isaac Sayo Daniel
  • Patent number: 8966671
    Abstract: A sports helmet includes recessed insert surfaces on its exterior to accommodate shock absorbing inserts disposed therein. The helmet may include, for example, five recessed insert surfaces, a front recessed surface, a top recessed surface, a rear recessed surface, and two side recessed surfaces. The inserts may be disposed into the recessed surfaces to create a substantially uniform outer helmet shape. A uniform finish may cover the exterior of the helmet. The shock absorbing inserts, when used on a person receiving a force to the helmet's insert, will absorb at least a portion of the force, limiting the force's impact on the wearer's brain. The helmet may, for example, help prevent concussions and other brain injuries in sport participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Garry Rumbaugh
  • Patent number: 8966670
    Abstract: A safety helmet having an outer shell formed from a polycarbonate crown and an acrylonitrile butadiene styrene skirt, and an inner shell formed from expanded polystyrene. The inner shell is co-moulded with the outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Strategic Sports Limited
    Inventor: Norman Tien-Hou Cheng
  • Patent number: RE45459
    Abstract: A protective helmet includes: a rigid shell including a generally domed-shaped section, a three attenuating liner within the dome-shaped section shell and operatively connected to the rigid shell; and a visor mount in operative connection with the force attenuating liner, the visor mount be adapted to have a visor mounted thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: MSA Technology, LLC
    Inventors: F. Joseph Hersick, Kevin R. Ketterer, Robert E. Klotz