For Wearer's Head Patents (Class 2/410)
  • Publication number: 20140082829
    Abstract: A power source (30, 32) supply circuit (28) is provided in a communication system of protective headgear for supplying a communication system from a power source (30, 32) associated with the protective headgear. The supply circuit (28) includes a boost converter (44) for better utilization of the electric power supplied by the power source (30, 32). Protective headgear is provided with such a supply circuit (28) for supplying the protective headgear. A method is also provided for operating such a supply circuit (28).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Drager Safety AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Achim VOLMER, Henning RITTER, Erik DEIER
  • Patent number: 8671466
    Abstract: The general field of the invention is that of helmet shells made of composite material comprising at least one “armure” of fabrics impregnated with a resin matrix. Certain parts of the “armure” are impregnated with a resin matrix comprising an additive adapted to reinforce the mechanical strength of the helmet, the said parts corresponding to the weakest zones of a human head, such as the top of the head or the ears. Preferably, the resin is of the epoxy type and the additive is based on acrylic block copolymers. More precisely, the additive is of the “Nanostrength®” brand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Jean-Noël Perbet, Christophe Coupeaud, Laurent Laluque, Joël Baudou, Philippe Viot, Sébastien Denneulin, Virginie Rejsek, Matthieu Gervais, Alain Soum
  • Patent number: 8667960
    Abstract: A powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) includes a radial blower. The radial blower includes at least an impeller and a scroll having an upper outer surface and a lower outer surface. In one embodiment, a cross section of an air passageway of the scroll includes sides corresponding to the upper outer surface and the lower outer surface, the sides having parallel slanted segments. In another embodiment, the sides may be substantially parallel and may be curved. In yet another embodiment an upper outer surface of the scroll is concave and a lower outer surface of the scroll is convex. In that embodiment, the PAPR further includes an inlet, and the inlet is disposed at the lower outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: David L. Ausen
  • Patent number: 8667617
    Abstract: An enhanced protective helmet includes in one embodiment an outer shell and a molded lining disposed within the outer shell and contoured to surround a human head. The helmet further includes an elongated antenna having a proximal end and a free end, the antenna being supported by the molded lining. The helmet includes a connection point which can be mounted to the molded lining or otherwise extend away from the proximal end of the antenna, the connection point communicatively connected to the proximal end of the antenna. The connection point receives a connection from a mobile communication device, thereby linking the mobile communication device and the antenna. The antenna is located at helmet location that is along one side of the helmet above a left or right ear of the user for optimizing antenna performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Cardo Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Abraham Glezerman, Avraham Kushnirov, Yossef Twina
  • Patent number: 8661572
    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: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Artisent, LLC
    Inventor: David Charles Rogers
  • Patent number: 8640265
    Abstract: A protective hood is provided for protecting a wearer's head from environmental elements. The protective hood includes a hood body having a cap section positioned to fit over a top of the wearer's head, side sections positioned to hang adjacent sides of the wearer's head, and a back section positioned to hang adjacent a back of the wearer's head. The hood body defines an interior space for receiving the wearer's head. An outlet is provided for exhausting gas from the interior space of the hood body. The outlet includes a channel defined by first and second portions of the hood body. The channel is in fluid communication with the interior space and includes an open end portion in fluid communication with the environment for exhausting gas from the channel into the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Scott Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul David Duncan
  • Publication number: 20140026297
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a garment or accessory worn for fishing that comprises a magnet of sufficient size and strength to hold fishing hooks or lures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Maria E. Enes
  • Publication number: 20140007323
    Abstract: Secondary energy absorbing helmet underwear is to be worn by a user under a primary rigid hard hat, sports helmet or military helmet. The helmet underwear includes an integral self elasticized stretchable material that includes a three-dimensional structure that is generally of semi-spherical shape to fit about the users head and that includes an optional peripheral stretchable stretch band that provides a means for retaining the helmet underwear in place on the users head. The stretchable material and core includes front and rear layers that are each formed as a knitted layer and interconnecting yarns that interconnect between the front and rear layers and define a predetermined spacing between the front and rear layers. The interconnecting yarns, in combination with the layers provide a safety barrier between the rigid hat and the user's head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: Noggin Group
    Inventor: Sonya Abdow Capuano
  • Patent number: 8621723
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and related methods of differentiating an item or improving its aesthetic appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Callahan Meissner
  • Patent number: 8621673
    Abstract: A concussion indicator that may easily be applied to a helmet is provided. The concussion indicator may visually or audibly provide indicators relating to impacts creating accelerations of the helmet that likely cause a concussion. In some embodiments, three separate indicators may be used within a single base; each indicator is configured to indicate at impacts relating to different concussion grades. A rear of the base is attachable to a surface such as an interior or exterior of a helmet. Upon a concussion triggering acceleration, the concussion indicator will indicate that a concussion is likely. This display may be seen or heard by observers if the indicator is on an exterior of the helmet, and by the user or someone who removes the user's helmet if it is on the inside of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Antonio Pietrantonio
  • Patent number: 8615817
    Abstract: The present invention provides protective headgear comprising a shell (26) having an inwardly facing surface which in use faces the head (10) of a user of the headgear and an outwardly facing surface which in use faces away from the head (10) of a user. An outer layer (28) overlies at least a portion of the outwardly facing surface of the shell (26) and rupturing means (30) is provided for fixedly attaching the outer layer (28) to the remainder of the headgear at one or more locations. The rupturing means (30) is configured so as to fail when a force greater than a selected threshold is received on an outer surface (28) of the headgear which acts in an at least part tangential direction to rotate the headgear and the head (10) of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Phillips Helmets Limited
    Inventor: Kenneth David Phillips
  • Patent number: 8613113
    Abstract: A method of constructing a compact protective hood comprising the steps of vulcanizing a heat-resistant, non-elastic crown to an elastomeric neck dam, the neck dam formed by injection molding directly to the crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Inventor: Todd A. Resnick
  • Patent number: 8601617
    Abstract: Disclosed in this specification is a mounting device to mount or attach various types of mounted devices, including a data transmission device, to a mask. The mounting device does not destroy or alter the seal integrity of the mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Basic Communications
    Inventor: Michael Krnc
  • Publication number: 20130298315
    Abstract: An ear protecting, noise blocking system for covering an ear includes at least one ear protecting member having, an adjustable outer rim to conform to the ear of a wearer; and a flexible noise attenuating member located on an interior portion of the ear protecting member. The ear protecting member encompasses a top portion and a bottom portion of the ear and is inter-changeable between a left ear and a right ear. The adjustable outer rim removably-couples the ear protecting member to the ear of the wearer. The flexible noise attenuating member is pres sable against the ear to create a seal to block out noise from entering the ear during desired quiet times. The flexible noise attenuating member is putty. The putty does not enter an ear canal of the ear, but it can be pressed against the ear to create a seal to block out the noise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Duane Kamins
  • Patent number: 8572767
    Abstract: Technology for protective helmets is provided, with a particular focus on rear opening full-face helmets. Embodiments are primarily focussed on an emergency release mechanism for 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: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Voztec Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Mark Bryant, John Vozzo
  • Publication number: 20130283503
    Abstract: A protection device for a helmet includes a base, and a protection member coupled to the base. The base and protection member are configured to be coupled to an outer surface of the helmet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Larry Zilverberg
  • Patent number: 8567021
    Abstract: A method for constructing a product comprising the steps of: providing a plurality of component parts fashioned from a flexible substrate material and having a flat profile when disassembled; forming apertures in the component parts to establish fastening points for facilitating product assembly, where each aperture has a single-component snap fastener mounted therein; integrally molding each snap fastener to include a female section and a male section; assembling the component parts by removably stackably affixing the fastener male sections of a first component part to the fastener female sections of a second component part, to form a self-supporting, three-dimensional product exoskeleton having flexibly curved surfaces; and returning the component parts to a flat profile upon disengaging the snap fasteners from the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Stephen O. McCabe
  • Patent number: 8561214
    Abstract: Articles of apparel may include a base layer having a first surface and an opposite second surface. The base layer defines an aperture extending through the base layer and from the first surface to the second surface. Cushioning elements may have a first material layer, a second material layer, and a plurality of foam components. The first material layer and the second material layer are bonded to the second surface of the base layer. The foam components are located between and secured to the first material layer and the second material layer. In addition, the foam components are positioned to correspond with a location of the aperture. In some configurations, a bonding element may be utilized to bond the first material layer and the second material layer to the base layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: David Turner
  • Patent number: 8555417
    Abstract: A sleeping cap for lifting the face of a person away from a sleeping surface to prevent facial wrinkles comprises a U-shaped basic form covered with a fabric and having first and second extensions, each of the extensions being flexibly positioned within the fabric adjacent to each leg end of the U-shaped basic form, and the fabric covering the end of first extension is attached to the fabric at the end of the second extension to form the sleeping cap. Straps from each side of the sleeping cap secure the cap on the person's head. An alternate embodiment provides an elastic encased in the sleeping cap not having straps, and including a one piece foam rubber basic form enclosed within two stitched pieces of fabric, a lace ring with a ribbon at the top edge of the lace ring, and the lace ring is tacked to a portion of the basic form, to form a gathered top of the sleeping cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Insook Choi
  • Patent number: 8544117
    Abstract: A helmet has a ventilated shell, ventilated padding and a ventilated liner of plural cells mounted to the padding for engaging a wearer's head. The liner has top and bottom flexible sheets fused around their perimeter, the bottom sheet having plural round or oval toroidal cells and plural round or oval closed cells, the openings in the toroidal cells extending through the top sheet. Foam at least partly fills each cell. Cells under a crown of the shell are connected in a first circuit with a valve for inflating these cells and a other cells under temporal and occipital portions of the shell are connected in a second inflation circuit with a valve for inflating the second plurality of the cells. Cells under the frontal portion not being inflatable and being substantially filled with foam padding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Kranos IP Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Erb, Raymond J. Drake, Jr., Cortney Warmouth, Louis Anthony VanHoutin, Vincent R. Long
  • Publication number: 20130247289
    Abstract: An impact transfer device comprising a device body, an impact zone shield associated with a first body region, and at least one body contact associated with a second body region, each body contact comprising at least one contact surface, and at least one attaching means for attaching the impact transfer device to a person. At least a portion of a force applied to the impact surface is transferred to the second body region of said person through said contact surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: RONALD DUHAME
  • Patent number: 8539613
    Abstract: A protective helmet includes: a rigid shell including a generally domed-shaped section, a force 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: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Mine Safety Appliances Company
    Inventors: F. Joseph Hersick, Kevin R. Ketterer, Robert Klotz
  • Publication number: 20130239301
    Abstract: Headgear comprising at least an earbud and a strap suitable for attachment to a device, which device transports at least one of a gas, a liquid, and a solid suspended in a liquid to and/or away from the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Meredith Broderick
  • Patent number: 8528113
    Abstract: 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: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Drexal University
    Inventors: Sorin Siegler, Mary Milone, Yoganand Ghati
  • Patent number: 8522418
    Abstract: A protective helmet includes an outer shell having a generally dome-shaped section and a brim extending outwardly from the dome-shaped section. The dome-shaped section and the brim are formed from a thermoplastic material. The helmet further includes a brim support in operative connection with at least a portion of the brim. The brim support is formed from a material that is more heat resistant than the thermoplastic material. The brim support is sufficiently rigid to limit deformation of the brim upon exposure to high temperature. The brim support material can, for example, have a melting point above 500° F. A method of limiting high-temperature deformation in a helmet includes molding an outer shell of the helmet to consist essentially of thermoplastic material, the outer shell comprising a generally dome-shaped portion and a brim extending outwardly from the dome-shaped section by at least 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Mine Safety Appliances Company
    Inventor: F. Joseph Hersick
  • Publication number: 20130219592
    Abstract: A technique for alerting a user of approaching moving objects from the side or rear includes a rear looking radar with audio alerts to the user. Feasibility of the Rear Looking Snow Helmet is shown using the skiing and snowboarding applications where variable frequency (distance related) audio alerts are provided to left and right earphones depending on the location of the approaching skier/snowboarder. The electronics driving the system are mounted in the skier's/snowboarder's helmet while two antenna elements are mounted on the rear of the helmet. A large ON/OFF switch is mounted on the helmet for easy access. We show feasibility of the concept using performance analysis and by proposing an implementation architecture for the skiing and snowboarding applications. We claim the system will meet an acceptable level of performance when parameters are varied and traded off and that the system is technology independent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventors: Dennis D. McCrady, Jeffrey S. Tonigan
  • Publication number: 20130212785
    Abstract: A movement device for a helmet for moving a first element of the helmet with respect to a second element of the helmet is described. The movement device includes a pivot element for pivoting about an axis of rotation, and a pivot seat, in which the pivot element is arranged. The pivot element includes an eccentric portion or cam, and the pivot seat includes a first seat region and a second seat region. The first seat region is in a position angularly offset and linearly translated with respect to the second seat region. A first position of the pivot element corresponds to the first seat region and a second position of the pivot element corresponds to the second seat region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: AGV S.P.A.
    Inventor: AGV S.p.A.
  • Patent number: 8510869
    Abstract: A technique for alerting a user of approaching moving objects from the side or rear includes a rear looking radar with audio alerts to the user. Feasibility of the Rear Looking Snow Helmet is shown using the skiing and snowboarding applications where variable frequency (distance related) audio alerts are provided to left and right earphones depending on the location of the approaching skier/snowboarder. The electronics driving the system are mounted in the skier's/snowboarder's helmet while two antenna elements are mounted on the rear of the helmet. A large ON/OFF switch is mounted on the helmet for easy access. We show feasibility of the concept using performance analysis and by proposing an implementation architecture for the skiing and snowboarding applications. We claim the system will meet an acceptable level of performance when parameters are varied and traded off and that the system is technology independent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventors: Dennis Drake McCrady, Jeffrey Scott Tonigan
  • Publication number: 20130205462
    Abstract: The clothing having a frontal land and a rear land includes: a thermal storage unit provided on at least one portion of the frontal land of the clothing; and a planar thermoconductive sheet located in a planar between the frontal land and the rear land, the planar thermoconductive sheet having a thermal conduction path to the thermal storage unit, and the planar thermoconductive sheet being higher in thermoconductivity than the frontal land and the rear land. The planar thermoconductive sheet includes a resin component and graphite particles. Basal plane of each graphite particle is parallel to the direction of the plane of the planar thermoconductive sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Panasonic Corporation
  • Patent number: 8499365
    Abstract: The present invention features a helmet 100 for cooling a head of a person. In some embodiments, the helmet comprises a top portion 110 covering the scalp region of the person's head, a neck portion 120 covering the neck region of the person's head, a tube 130 embedded in the helmet 100, wherein a circular portion 132 of the tube is disposed in the top portion to lay over the person's scalp region and a tail portion 134 of the tube runs down the neck region 120. Further, a first end of the tail portion 136 of the tube fluidly connects to the circular portion of the tube, and a second end of the tail portion 138 of the tube comprises a cap 140 that can open for drainage of a content in the tube. In some embodiments, a pressurized refrigerant container 150 fluidly connects to the tail portion 134 of the tube, wherein a pressurized refrigerant can be released into the tube when a first valve is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Kimsiana Hill-Lathan
  • Publication number: 20130191975
    Abstract: A protective helmet (1, 31) is designed to be mounted on a device for drying and storing protective helmets (1, 31). For this purpose, it has a ventilating opening (5, 32) through which hot air can be blown from the helmet-drying and -storing device into the interior of the helmet by means of a nozzle (11, 32).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Wirthenstätter
  • Publication number: 20130191972
    Abstract: A collapsible helmet including a shell having two or more components which are hingedly connected together about fold lines extending across the shell. Each component includes a plurality of panels with each panel being hingedly connected to at least one adjacent panel. The shell may be adjustable between a first configuration in which the helmet may be placed over the head of the user and a second configuration in which the components are flattened and are arranged in a substantially overlying relationship.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey Moss Woolf
  • Publication number: 20130185848
    Abstract: A helmet, which includes an injection molded shell having an inner surface and an outer surface, the injection molded shell including a first main body portion and a second main body portion, wherein the first and second main body portions are formed of a first material; and a first molded hinge portion formed intermediate the first and second main body portions, the molded hinge portion adapted to allow the first main body portion and the second main body portion to move relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: Sport Maska Inc.
    Inventor: Sport Maska Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130180033
    Abstract: A headset for a helmet transmits audio signals using bone conduction, and transmits audio signals even when not using bone conduction. A headset for a helmet for transmitting audio signals to a user wearing a helmet includes: a bone conduction oscillator which receives the audio signals and emits audio oscillations; an arm part which has the bone conduction oscillator on the leading end side thereof; and an attachment part which attaches the base end side of the arm part on the outer side of the crown of the helmet in a rotatable manner. The bone conduction oscillator is brought into contact with either the head portion of the user or the outer side of the crown, depending on the angle of rotation a of the arm part. The audio signals are thus transmitted to the user when bone conduction is not used by using sounds emitted by the crown.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicants: GOLDENDANCE CO., LTD., WEST NIPPON EXPRESSWAY MAINTENANCE KANSAI CO., LTD
    Inventors: Seiji Uemoto, Akiko Nakatani
  • Patent number: 8478386
    Abstract: The present invention is a Miniature Vein Enhancer that includes a Miniature Projection Head. The Miniature Projection Head may be operated in one of three modes, AFM, DBM, and RTM. The Miniature Projection Head of the present invention projects an image of the veins of a patient, which aids the practitioner in pinpointing a vein for an intravenous drip, blood test, and the like. The Miniature projection head may have a cavity for a power source or it may have a power source located in a body portion of the Miniature Vein Enhancer. The Miniature Vein Enhancer may be attached to one of several improved needle protectors, or the Miniature Vein Enhancer may be attached to a body similar to a flashlight for hand held use. The Miniature Vein Enhancer of the present invention may also be attached to a magnifying glass, a flat panel display, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: AccuVein Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Goldman, David Hunt, Mark Mock, Graham Marshal, Stephen P. Conlon, Bob Roth
  • Patent number: 8464362
    Abstract: A protective helmet includes an outer shell having a generally dome-shaped section and a brim extending outwardly from the dome-shaped section. The dome-shaped section and the brim are formed from a thermoplastic material. The helmet further includes a brim support in operative connection with at least a portion of the brim. The brim support is formed from a material that is more heat resistant than the thermoplastic material. The brim support is sufficiently rigid to limit deformation of the brim upon exposure to high temperature. The brim support material can, for example, have a melting point above 500° F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Mine Safety Appliances Company
    Inventor: F. Joseph Hersick
  • Patent number: 8458820
    Abstract: Provided are a protective headwear and method of manufacturing the headwear. The headwear includes a body, band and plurality of protective inserts. The body has an opening and a crown, and is configured to fit a head of a person. The band extends from and about the opening of the body to the interior of the body and partially toward the crown. The band is free floating with respect to the body and configured to fit the head of the person. The band includes a plurality of pockets disposed about a base stitching that secures the band to the body. The protective inserts are configured to be received into the pockets to provide a protective function to the head of the person. The protective inserts are disposed adjacently to one another about the band and extend from the base stitching of the band to the crown of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Robert E. Cleva
  • Publication number: 20130139818
    Abstract: A filtering device 10, 10? that has a fluid inlet 12, a plenum 14, first and second filter layers 16 and 18, first and second fluid outlets 20 and 22, and a housing 24. The plenum 14 receives air that passes through the fluid inlet 12, and the first and second filter layers 16 and 18 are located on opposing sides of the plenum 14. The first and second fluid outlets 20 and 22 are located downstream to the first and second filter layers 16 and 18, respectively, on a side of each filter layer 16, 18 opposite the plenum 14. The housing 12 supports the first and second filter layers 16, 18 on opposing sides of the plenum 14. Very good distribution of fluid through the device 10 may be achieved because the plenum 14 and the filtering layers 16, 18 maintain their original relative positioning throughout use. Complex shapes can be produced, which enable the filtering device to accommodate devices of various configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventors: Britton G. Billingsley, Pierre Legare
  • Publication number: 20130128046
    Abstract: A method and an article of manufacture are disclosed configured to allow viewing of scenes not directly in the field of view of the viewer. In various embodiments, a helmet is equipped with a video camera, facing in a direction other than the direction of view of the user of the helmet, and a display visible to the user to display the images captured by the video camera. The helmet may be used while riding a bicycle, a motorcycle, a horse, while walking, and the like. In some embodiments, the video camera transmits data wirelessly and the direction of its view is adjustable. In some embodiments, a storage device is integrated in the helmet to allow recording of the images and sounds captured by the video camera for future download to another recording medium or a computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Gindin
  • Publication number: 20130125296
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices, systems, methods, products, and implementations, including a head gear device that includes a helmet adapted to be worn by a user, at least one sensor to measure one or more of, for example, force and/or motion, and one or more moveable members, the one or more moveable members configured to be displaced to apply a counterforce to a head of the user based, at least in part, on detection of one or more of, for example, a force component applied to the user and/or motion undergone by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Noam Rabinovitch
  • Publication number: 20130117912
    Abstract: A protective hood is provided for protecting a wearer's head from environmental elements. The protective hood includes a hood body having a cap section positioned to fit over a top of the wearer's head, side sections positioned to hang adjacent sides of the wearer's head, and a back section positioned to hang adjacent a back of the wearer's head. The hood body defines an interior space for receiving the wearer's head. An outlet is provided for exhausting gas from the interior space of the hood body. The outlet includes a channel defined by first and second portions of the hood body. The channel is in fluid communication with the interior space and includes an open end portion in fluid communication with the environment for exhausting gas from the channel into the environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: Tyco International Ltd.
    Inventor: Paul David Duncan
  • Patent number: 8439042
    Abstract: A neck brace has two legs with a gap between them and the legs extend on either side of the wearer's neck and along the front of his torso. Shoulder protuberances, and chest protuberances extending laterally from each leg, are received underneath the shoulder straps of a harness, in the region of the wearer's shoulders and chest, respectively. A recess is defined on an underside of each leg between the shoulder protuberance and the chest protuberance to form a beam that is elevated above the wearer's chest. Each leg and its associated chest protuberance, define a channel in which one of the shoulder straps of the harness is receivable to be held captive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventors: Christopher James Leatt, Mark Eric Hopkins
  • Patent number: 8434167
    Abstract: An improved face shield assembly universally fits to most hard hats and includes a dual-point pivot system which allows the face shield to be located in a “down” as-used position, an “up” as-used position and a “stowed” position above the hard hat. The improved face shield assembly includes three separate brackets, namely a main mounting bracket secured to the brim of a hard hat, a rotating bracket pivotably mounted to the main mounting bracket and a lens mounting bracket pivotably mounted to the rotating bracket. Spring-loaded struts stabilize and retain the lens mounting bracket in the as-used and stowed positions relative to the rotating bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Gleason, Raymond Curci, Brett Pulito
  • Publication number: 20130104295
    Abstract: A head and neck support (HANS) device comprises a collar, a left leg unit, a right leg unit, and a leg unit rotation control assembly. The collar may be positioned behind a wearer's neck. The left leg unit may be coupled to a left side of the collar to engage the wearer's left shoulder and chest area. The right leg unit may be coupled to a right side of the collar to engage the wearer's right shoulder and chest area. The leg unit rotation control assembly may include male splines and female splines to allow the leg units to rotate with respect to the collar when the female splines are separated from the male splines and to rigidly fix the position of the leg units with respect to the collar when the female splines are interlocked with the male splines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: HUBBARD DOWNING INC
    Inventor: Thomas A. Darnell
  • Patent number: 8429766
    Abstract: A sound attenuating device for standard helmets worn by riders of recreational vehicles is provided. The sound attenuating device includes low profile ear cups and compressible members mounted between the shell of the helmet and ear cups. The compressible members permit the ear cups to be moved away from the rider's face when doffing or donning the helmet and otherwise push the ear cups against the rider's face forming a tight seal between the rider's face and the ear cups around each ear. The means for attaching the compressible members to the helmet shell are non-penetrating so as to maintain the structural integrity and sound suppression characteristics of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Alvin J. Halfaker
  • Patent number: 8418269
    Abstract: A helmet that protects a user's head from the transfer of force imparted on the outer shell of the helmet. An inner layer of the helmet uses a spacer fabric that diffuses any force received over a relatively large area so that such force is spread over a relatively large area of the user's head, thereby reducing the risk of traumatic brain injury. The helmet uses a thermal pack that helps keep the user either cold or hot as desired. The helmet uses an audio pack that is removably attached to the shell, such that the audio pack protects the hearing of the user from sudden high decibel sounds and also amplifies desirable sound while squelching undesirable noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: William B. McBride
  • Patent number: 8418270
    Abstract: A helmet, which includes an injection molded shell having an inner surface and an outer surface, the injection molded shell including a first main body portion and a second main body portion, wherein the first and second main body portions are formed of a first material; and a first molded hinge portion formed intermediate the first and second main body portions, the molded hinge portion adapted to allow the first main body portion and the second main body portion to move relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Sport Maska Inc.
    Inventors: André Desjardins, Philippe Martin, Ryan Crelinsten
  • Publication number: 20130061373
    Abstract: Provided are a protective headwear and method of manufacturing the headwear. The headwear includes a body, band and plurality of protective inserts. The body has an opening and a crown, and is configured to fit a head of a person. The band extends from and about the opening of the body to the interior of the body and partially toward the crown. The band is free floating with respect to the body and configured to fit the head of the person. The band includes a plurality of pockets disposed about a base stitching that secures the band to the body. The protective inserts are configured to be received into the pockets to provide a protective function to the head of the person. The protective inserts are disposed adjacently to one another about the band and extend from the base stitching of the band to the crown of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Robert E. Cleva
  • Patent number: 8387169
    Abstract: A baseball training helmet having a helmet portion for protecting a player during practice and an integral face portion that extends away from the helmet portion to form a front aperture that provides a restricted field of view for a player wearing the training helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Craig Shockman
  • Publication number: 20130047321
    Abstract: In this artwork of “TO-Gather” you will find three carrier vest connected to a host vest with tracking devices imbedded in each vest. You will also find helmets. The drawing also illustrates how a host and two small children would be connected during a natural disaster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Tonita Serwaa Osei-Rosa