For Wearer's Head Patents (Class 2/410)
  • Publication number: 20130040524
    Abstract: The invention according to the present invention relates to an intermediate layer (1) of friction decreasing material placed between two layers (2, 3). The intermediate layer (1) is adapted to create a sliding movement between the layers (2, 3) when a force (K) is applied and a tangential force component (KT) shears the layers. The friction decreasing material comprises fibers (F).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: MIPS AB
    Inventors: Peter Halldin, Anders Bergner, Kay Grinneback
  • Publication number: 20130031700
    Abstract: A device, system, and elements for providing customizable and regionalized head protection are disclosed. One or more protective elements and/or cushioning elements can be permanently or removably attached to a wearable shell, to provide an increased level of protection for a wearer. The size, shape, and composition of the one or more protective elements and/or cushioning elements can be varied to alter the level and location of protection provided by the head protection device. One or more accessories also can be included in the head protection device, such as light sources and reflectors to enhance the visibility of the head protection device and to provide illumination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventors: Brian Wacter, Alison Hilda Wacter
  • Publication number: 20130025034
    Abstract: The present invention provides an ear protector for a hockey or lacrosse helmet, the ear protector having a front portion, a top portion, a rear portion, a bottom portion with a bottom edge and inner and outer sides, the ear protector being made of a first material and a second material, the first material being a clear rigid material and the second material being a soft material, wherein the second material is overmolded onto the first material for covering the bottom edge such that the bottom edge is at least partially made of the second material overmolded onto the first material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventor: Jacques DUROCHER
  • Publication number: 20130025589
    Abstract: A hood assembly for a protective suit has a hood (41) and a seal (10). The seal extends about the rim of the hood and comprises a sheet composed partly or entirely of resilient material. The sheet is provided with a pocket (14). The pocket (14) has an inner layer (16) for contacting a contoured surface and an outer layer (18), separated by a filler medium (22). The outer layer is curved about the filler medium when no stretching force (26) is applied to the sheet, and as the sheet is subjected to a stretching force a first component of the stretching force is transmitted along the outer layer. As the sheet is subjected to a stretching force the curvature of the outer layer is reduced, so that a pressing force (28) is transmitted from the outer layer, through the filler medium, onto the inner layer. The pressing force presses the inner layer against the contoured surface, so as to reduce fluid flow between the inner layer and the contoured surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: William Darvill, Matthew James Hodgson
  • Patent number: 8360066
    Abstract: A headrest for a patient-bearing surface, having an approximately horseshoe-shaped form and comprising a central section (14) for supporting the back of the head or the forehead, the bearing surface thereof being at least approximately spherical shell-shaped, also comprising two side sections (16) which are arranged at a distance from each other and whose bearing surfaces conform at least approximately to a common cylindrical surface whose axis is parallel to a symmetrical line (20) of the headrest extending between the side surfaces (16). A cheekbone support (18), which protrudes in the direction of the other side section (16), is provided on each side section (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Maquet GmbH & Co., KG.
    Inventor: Manfred Piontek
  • Publication number: 20130014313
    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: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: Robert Erb, Raymond J. Drake, JR., Cortney Warmouth, Louis Anthony VanHoutin, Vincent R. Long
  • Publication number: 20130007948
    Abstract: An electromagnetic wave blocking head covering includes a head covering body having an electromagnetic wave blocking layer which made by metallic thread or metallic containing foams arranged on an inner or outer side thereof or embedded therein by weaving, stitching or doping techniques for protecting the head of a person against external electromagnetic waves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventors: Shyan-Wei CHEN, Stanley Jurga, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130007949
    Abstract: Described is a system for wireless energy transfer for person worn peripherals. The system makes use of a technique referred to as strongly-coupled magnetic resonance to transfer energy across a distance without wires and enables efficient transfer of energy over distances of 10 to 18 cm or more. The system comprises a resonant power source, which could be embedded in a person's equipment vest or backpack receiving power from a central battery pack or micro fuel cell, and a resonant power capture unit which could be integrated with the helmet or hand held weapon, electronic device, and the like that may be carried or handled by a person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventors: Andre B. Kurs, Morris P. Kesler, Katherine L. Hall, Simon Verghese
  • Patent number: 8347419
    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 a tubular shape with 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 tubular shape 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 of the band. 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: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Robert E. Cleva
  • Publication number: 20130002525
    Abstract: A system is disclosed which includes a camera structured to detect an electromagnetic emission and a module to resolve the location of the object based upon the detected emission. In one form a scene captured by the camera can be filtered to highlight a wavelength, or range of wavelengths of interest. A helmet having a display coupled to it can be worn by an operator such as a pilot. A tracking device can be used to determine the orientation of the helmet relative to a vehicle and a module can be used to resolve the location of the object and indicate the position to the operator using the display. In one form the camera can be mounted to the operator's helmet. Multiple objects can be detected. Information about a position of an object can be relayed to other operators or systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventor: Bobby Duane Foote
  • Patent number: 8341770
    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: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Drexel University
    Inventors: Sorin Siegler, Mary Milone, Yoganand Ghati
  • Publication number: 20120311772
    Abstract: A safety hat for use by construction workers is disclosed. The safety hat is fabricated from a hard plastic type material or other equivalent impact resistant materials. The safety hat is in the general shape of existing baseball type caps. The safety hat has a hollow brim portion to receive the brim of the typical soft baseball cap and thereby secure the safety hat to the baseball cap so that the safety hat fits securely and comfortably on the user's head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph Krause
  • Patent number: 8329084
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for the manufacture of a shaped part comprising the steps of—forming a stack by stacking (2) or more sheets comprising mono-layers of unidirectional anti-ballistic fibers and a binder followed by placing the stack in a mould, clamping the stack in the mould with a control member closing the mould—consolidating the stack under temperature and pressure into a curved shaped part. The invention furthermore relates to products obtainable with said process, which are very suitable for use in anti-ballistic applications and include e.g. helmets, curved panels, cones and domes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: DSM IP Assets B.V.
    Inventors: Jean H. M. Beugels, William A. C. Roovers, Martin A. Es,Van, Roelof Marissen, Hen Hoefnagels
  • Publication number: 20120304365
    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: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: John W. Howard, Richard Cutler
  • Patent number: 8321965
    Abstract: A head and neck protector for use by a race car or other driver includes a yoke which is mounted on the shoulders of the driver, and a helmet which is mounted on a portion of the yoke extending around the sides and back of the driver's neck. The helmet is securely latched to the yoke to prevent rotation of the helmet relative to the yoke. The interior volume of the helmet is sufficiently large that the driver can freely move his or her head without corresponding movement of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: James Newman
  • Publication number: 20120272436
    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: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: Cardo Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Abraham Glezerman, Avraham Kushnirov, Yossef Twina
  • Patent number: 8296869
    Abstract: The disclosure presents an innovative apparatus for use in instructing hitters how to focus one's field of vision into a preselected angular field; the invention is also a method of providing this instruction. The apparatus includes a helmet and a shroud configured to engage the helmet. An elongate opening is formed on the shroud to restrict a wearer's field of vision to a preselected angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Head on the Ball, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Kellogg
  • Patent number: 8296867
    Abstract: A helmet for receiving the head of a hockey or lacrosse player, the helmet having an outer shell and an inner lining covering at least partially the inner surface of the outer shell. In one embodiment, the helmet comprises a skeleton at least partially covered by the inner lining, a movable occipital pad and movable temple pads. The inner lining can be made of an absorptive material such as foam, expanded polypropylene or expanded polyethylene and can be overmolded onto the skeleton. The occipital pad and the temple pads may be arranged with an inward bias so as to help the helmet self-adjust to provide an advantageous fit on the player's head. In some embodiments, the outer shell and skeleton, or the outer shell and the inner lining, cooperate to define a ventilation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Bauer Hockey, Inc.
    Inventors: David H. Rudd, Thierry Krick
  • Patent number: 8291521
    Abstract: A collar for protecting the neck of a user, useful in particular for motorcycle riders, is envisaged, said collar comprising two half-collars which are pivotably hinged together at one end so as to be rotatable in a substantially horizontal plane and which can be connected together by means of a fastening and release lever, a plate which at the rear extends downwards from the bottom edge of the collar so as to be centred with respect to the spinal column of the user, and a protective shield which extends downwards at the front. The collar is provided with removable padding means where the collar rests on the user's shoulders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Alpinestars Research Srl
    Inventors: Giovanni Mazzarolo, Colin Ballantyne
  • Patent number: 8291512
    Abstract: A face shield includes a brim having a front portion, a rear portion, an upper portion, and a lower portion. A channel is formed in the lower portion adjacent the rear portion of the brim. The front portion includes a plurality of spaced apart catch members disposed thereon. A head band is unitary with one side of the brim and configured to surround a head of a wearer. The head band has a free end that is adjustably insertable into the channel of the brim to select a size of the head band for the head of the wearer. The face shield may include a removable transparent shield having a plurality of holes formed therein. Each of the holes is configured to cooperate with one of the catch members of the brim to releasably hold the transparent shield on the front portion of the brim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Walter Stoll
  • Patent number: 8291907
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting the head of a person lying prone or on a side includes a base member that is configured to be worn on the head of the person and to rotate between a plurality of positions relative to a support surface upon which the base member rests. The base member defines at least one support member configured to contact the face of the person. A front support structure is mounted to the base member. The front support structure and the base member are cooperatively arranged to define a space between the front support structure and the face of the person wearing the apparatus. The at least one support member is configured to support the head of the person away from the front support structure when the person is lying prone or on a side and with the base member in any of the plurality of positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: David Charles Kuhlmann
  • Patent number: 8282234
    Abstract: A personal protection system for providing a sterile barrier around medical/surgical personnel. The system includes a helmet over which a hood or a toga suspended. Integral with the helmet is a ventilation fan. The helmet also includes a light assembly for illuminating the surgical field. The helmet includes a front nozzle from which air from the ventilation fan is discharged. The light assembly is mounted to the helmet and is located below the front nozzle. Air discharged from the front nozzle blows heat generated by the light assembly away from the light assembly. In some versions of the invention, the light assembly includes a control arm connected to the light assembly for pivoting the light assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Brian VanDerWoude, Marshall Proulx, Jacob C. Foor, Douglas Campbell, David H. Grulke
  • Publication number: 20120233745
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for construction of a protective head covering (helmet) to be worn by individuals engaged in activity that may, without the apparatus, cause concussive brain injury. The helmet, which is comparable in weight and envelope to conventional helmets, can be constructed from commercially available materials. The design features a dual shell concept where outer shell deflection under load triggers the primary attenuation mechanism. A second more rigid inner shell defines a space where one or more compartmentalized sealed elastomer energy absorbing cells are located. These cells contain either a gas or liquid agent designed to adaptively convert potentially injurious normal impact force energy to energy that is channeled between the shells and therefore harmless to the wearer. A portion of this converted energy will be stored and then utilized to automatically re-set the apparatus for the next impact event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Waldemar Veazie
  • Patent number: 8261374
    Abstract: A protective helmet is composed of an external crown made from plastic material, and a semi-rigid neckband adjustable by adjustment means. At least one end of the neckband is joined to the crown by a sliding mechanical link comprising position indexing means controlled from a slide able to be moved from the outside in a slit of the crown. The indexing means are formed by a rack molded directly along with the crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Zedel
    Inventors: Paul Petzl, Raphaël Lanez, Emmanuel D'Adhemar
  • Publication number: 20120222197
    Abstract: A protective helmet, which includes a motion restrictor device, is disclosed which has at least one strut member associated with the helmet and a harness assembly, and the at least one strut member includes a locking assembly associated with the strut member, which upon a predetermined force being sensed by a force sensor or a predetermined amount of or rate of acceleration being sensed by an acceleration sensor, stops substantially all relative motion between the ends of the strut member and the predetermined force is substantially transferred from the helmet to the harness assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventors: Scott W. Nagely, Ian D. Kovacevich, Christopher R. Hoy
  • Patent number: 8256032
    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: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: David T. Muskovitz
  • Publication number: 20120216338
    Abstract: The invention relates to a protective helmet comprising a plurality of segments, at least two of said segments (106, 107) being connected together by way of a sliding connection for sliding purposes, said segments connected by said connection having complementary and approximately parallel indentations and protrusions, characterised in that, for each sliding connection, said protrusions of at least one of the segments are connected together by way of a transverse bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: Philippe Arrouart
  • Publication number: 20120216341
    Abstract: A surgical protective assembly having an air movement device and a head gear assembly carrying the air movement device. The head gear assembly includes an outer wall, an inner wall, a front end, a back end and a middle portion between the front end and the back end. The outer wall has an upper opening, the inner wall has an array of openings, and the inner and outer wall define a front opening at the front end. The head gear assembly has a passageway that fluidly connects together, the upper opening, the array and the front opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Applicant: ECOLAB USA INC.
    Inventors: Salvatore Manzella, JR., David K. Platt, Michael C. Shaughnessy, Kevin T. Pullen, Keith A. Larson, Alison J. Sanders
  • Patent number: 8250669
    Abstract: Protective helmet of the type comprising a first outer visor to intercept the viewing aperture of the helmet mounted rotatably on said helmet, a second visor mounted, inside said first outer visor, rotatably on the cap of the helmet, and a device for actuation and mounting of said second visor on said cap, said second visor including a shielding portion and two ends at the sides of said shielding portion and being at least partly elastically deformable. The inner visor comprises, at least at one side end thereof, a fork and, at or in proximity of one or other of the side ends thereof, at least one externally projecting tooth. Correspondingly, said device for actuation and mounting comprises at least one pin for engaging, directly or indirectly, with said fork and at least one circular guide inside which said projecting tooth of said second visor is removably coupled in a sliding manner, said at least one pin and said at least one circular guide being integral and/or integrated with said cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Opticos, S.r.l.
    Inventors: Luca Gafforio, Gabriele Tomasoni, Alberto Salvetti
  • Publication number: 20120210498
    Abstract: A protective headgear position and impact sensor is described for use with hard hats, helmets, or other headgear. Proximity sensors are used to detect whether the headgear is being worn by the user. In some versions of the invention, additional features determine the nature of a head impact and store data related to wear of the headgear by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: X2Impact, Inc.
    Inventor: Christoph Mack
  • Publication number: 20120204326
    Abstract: A protective head gear for a user having an outer panel, an inner panel, a retention pleat on the inner panel, a respirator, and an indexed fastener. The outer panel is disposed relative to the inner panel to provide efficacious spatial separation therebetween. The fastener is formed to adjustably and releasably secure at least a portion of the inner panel to the user. An indexing element is attached to the fastener, and is formed of material substantially tactilely different from the fastener, the outer panel, or the inner panel, to permit the user to unambiguously locate the point of fastening. The outer panel, inner panel, and respirator, can be composed of fabrics having one or more layer, and one layer can have a repellent characteristic different from another (e.g., hydrophobic vs. hydrophilic).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: WRONG GEAR, INC.
    Inventor: RONG CHEN CHANG
  • Publication number: 20120198604
    Abstract: An embodiment of a safety helmet for protecting the human head against repetitive impacts, moderate impacts and severe impacts so as to significantly reduce the likelihood of both translational and rotational brain injury and concussions includes a outer shell, an outer liner disposed within and coupled to the outer shell, and an inner liner disposed within and coupled in spaced opposition to the outer liner by a plurality of isolation dampers for omnidirectional movement of the inner liner relative to the outer liner and the outer shell
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: Innovation Dynamics LLC
    Inventors: Robert Weber, Robert Daniel Reisinger
  • Publication number: 20120198603
    Abstract: An electronic helmet is provided that includes a helmet body and an integrated electronic system disposed in the helmet body, providing a number of convenient functions. The helmet body has a hard outer shell and a hard inner shell mounted to the outer shell such that a cavity is defined between the outer and the inner shells. The inner shell can include suitable material to provide the wearer effective RF shielding from the electronic system, such as, nickel-plated carbon fiber to provide RF shielding. The helmet body further includes a shock-absorbent structure disposed between the inner shell and the head of a wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Gertsch, Ronald L. Gertsch, Christopher L. Gehrisch, Matthew B. Gehrisch, Martin D. McCune, William E. Swanson, David L. Williams, Justin K. Mann, Sheldon A. Smilo, Benjamin G. Abad
  • Patent number: 8234722
    Abstract: A personal protection system is provided for creating a sterile barrier between a user and an external environment. The personal protection system includes a head unit having a ventilation unit with a fan for distributing air to the user. The personal protection system also provides a protective covering draped over the head unit. The protective covering includes a flaccid shroud and a transparent face shield mounted to the flaccid shroud. The face shield is mounted to the head unit using a plurality of mounting elements. The face shield is mounted such that a top portion of the face shield has a larger radius of curvature when mounted that a bottom portion of the face shield. This reduces the glare directed toward the user. A control panel for the ventilation unit is also provided on a chin bar of the head unit for easy access by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Brian James VanDerWoude, Douglas Lee Campbell
  • Patent number: 8230527
    Abstract: A lightweight helmet shell includes an inner shell formed from a porous expanded plastic layer, and an outer shell, in which the outer shell is formed from a compressed fiber sheet having an apparent density of 0.15 to 0.7 g/cc and an impact absorbability of less than 300 G. The lightweight helmet shell has excellent breathability, is lightweight, and has improved impact absorbability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignees: Nanotech Ceramics Co., Ltd, Soyo Enterprise Inc.
    Inventors: Sang-Ok Jeong, Wan-Ouk Kim, Young-Kyong Lee
  • Publication number: 20120188083
    Abstract: The subject disclosure provides a system and method for remote monitoring of a subject wearing a sports helmet. In one aspect, the system includes a safety helmet and a sensor integrated with the helmet for continuously gathering head acceleration force data, the head acceleration force data associated with the head movements of a subject. The system also includes a wireless transceiver coupled to the sensor for transmitting the head acceleration force data and a mobile device for receiving the head acceleration force data from the wireless transceiver. The system further includes a database engine for displaying the head acceleration force data to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Robert R. Miller, II
  • Patent number: 8225428
    Abstract: A protective hood for use by a firefighter or other emergency worker. The hood includes a crown portion to cover the top of a wearer's head, the crown portion being made from a material having a primary stretch direction oriented to extend in a transverse, ear-to-ear, direction across the top of a wearer's head; and a lower portion that extends downward from the crown portion, the lower portion being made from a material having a primary stretch direction oriented to extend in a circumferential direction around a wearer's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Grilliot, Mary I. Grilliot, William L. Grilliot, Jr., Patricia K. Waters
  • Patent number: 8225421
    Abstract: A face shield assembly that includes a protective element including an edge and a frame including a top portion, a bottom portion and a side portion, the frame further including: a) an opening sized to fit the protective element, the opening defined by an upper inner edge, a lower inner edge, and side inner edges of the frame; b) a lip spaced from the upper, lower and side inner edges so as to form a channel constructed and arrange to receive a portion of the edge of the protective element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Sperian Eye & Face Protection, Inc.
    Inventor: Laurent Froissard
  • Patent number: 8225419
    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 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Mine Safety Appliances Company
    Inventors: F. Joseph Hersick, Kevin R. Ketterer, Robert Klotz
  • Publication number: 20120180201
    Abstract: A helmet is wearable on a user's head for mitigating neck injury. The helmet incorporates an outer member which defines a concavity; an inner member, at least a portion of which is located within the concavity; and a path-motion guide mechanism which couples the inner member to the outer member. The path-motion guide mechanism permits guided relative movement between the inner member and the outer member in response to an impact force. The guided relative movement is constrained to one or more predetermined paths and comprises, for each of the one or more predetermined paths, relative translation and/or rotation between the inner and outer members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventors: Peter Alec CRIPTON, Timothy Scott NELSON
  • Patent number: 8220078
    Abstract: This specification discloses an integrally formed safety helmet. A pre-cast hard outer shell is directly filled with Styrofoam particles followed by heating and pressing to form a soft inner shell. The two shells are integrally formed and tightly connected with no space in between. The production procedure includes the steps of: putting a pre-cast hard outer shell in an upper mold; combining the upper mold and a lower mold; heating the molds to soften a compound material outer shell; pressing to squeeze out extra resin in the compound material outer shell; cooling down the molds and injecting Styrofoam particles into the cavity in the molds, foaming, pressing, and lowering the temperature; and removing the molds. The soft inner shell is then integrally formed inside the hard outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Tse-Ping Wang
  • Publication number: 20120174293
    Abstract: A moisture removal system for a helmet is provided. The moisture removal system includes an absorbent region that is positioned inside the helmet and an evaporative region positioned outside the helmet, and is made of a moisture wicking material that carries moisture collected by the absorbent region to the evaporative region where it is dispersed by evaporation. The moisture removal system can withdraw moisture from other helmet components such as pads and/or the harness, and can be provided within a helmet or as a kit that is used to upgrade existing helmets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: Intellectual Property Holdings, LLC.
    Inventors: Charles M. Milliren, Ronald Szalkowski
  • Patent number: 8214928
    Abstract: The present claimed invention is directed to a protective headguard, comprising a rear pad to protectively cover at least the occipital lobe on the back of a human head. The rear pad has an eccentric dimple for accommodating the occipital lobe. A front pad is configured and arranged to protectively cover at least the forehead of a human. The front pad is releasably interconnected to the rear pad at separate and distinct upper and lower connection points on the rear pad positioned on opposite sides of the dimple. The fit of the headguard can be adjusted between a first and second configuration by disconnecting the front and rear pads, rotating the rear pad 180° and reconnecting the front and rear pads with the front pad connections to the rear pad exchanged as between the upper and lower connection points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: FULL90 Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: William K. Cleveland, Russ Boelhauf
  • Patent number: 8214919
    Abstract: Control device for positioning a visor for protective helmets, wherein the visor is rotatable from a configuration fully superimposed on the front opening of the protective helmet to a configuration of partial or total disengagement from said opening. The device includes structure to reversibly lock the visor in at least one position relative to the front opening. The structure to lock the visor includes a control element anchored, with at least a degree of freedom, to the visor, coupled to which is at least one tooth or pin, for engagement with at least one stop or seat, integral with the cap of the helmet. The control element is movable between a first stable position in which it controls engagement of the tooth with the relative stop or seat, and at least a neutral position in which it controls disengagement of said tooth from the relative stop or seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Opticos S.R.I.
    Inventors: Luca Gafforio, Gabriele Tomasoni, Alberto Salvetti
  • Publication number: 20120167281
    Abstract: A closure assembly that is infinitely adjustable within an operating range of the closure assembly and includes a vent port therethrough. The closure assembly includes a housing and an operator that rotationally cooperates with the housing. A flexible member is movably supported by the housing and cooperates with the operator so that manipulation of the operator alters the amount of the flexible member that extends beyond the housing. A biasing means cooperates with the operator and interacts with the housing to maintain a desired orientation of the operator, and thereby a desired orientation of the flexible member, relative to the housing to define a shape of a closure of the item of apparel. A vent port is formed through the housing and the operator and mitigates heat collection therebehind.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: David J. Gennrich, Randall S. Koplin, Eric W. Gobrecht, Daniel R. Nett
  • Publication number: 20120167282
    Abstract: A fan cooled and heated hard hat system comprising an outer safety shell with louvers in the top of the dome, a removable fan, a removable heating pad, and a screen system having an upper and a lower screen for placing the removable heating pad between when desired by a user-wearer. The fan is mountable to the interior dome of the shell with the propeller of the fan between the screen system and the louvers such that ambient air is drawn through the louvers via the fan and forced through the screen system about the user-wearer's head. The hard hat system cools the user-wearer's head when the heating pad is not in place and heats the user-wearer's head when it is in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Terry Fleming, Judy Fleming
  • Publication number: 20120159695
    Abstract: Left and right ear shades that are removably connectable to the bottom of a baseball-style cap or headband of a hardhat and fit around the back, top, and front of the ears. The shades can be positioned to accommodate the wearer. Each ear shade includes a forked clip that receives the hat band between inner and outer tines. For relatively thick hat bands, such as a those of baseball caps, the forked clip provides adequate resilient clamping force between the tines against the hat band to hold the ear shade in place. An optional removable clip fits around the top of the tines and resiliently connects near the bottom of the fork. Use of this optional removable clip allows the ear shade to be held in place on hats having hat bands that are too thin to be held in place solely by the clamping force of the fork tines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Inventor: DANNY J. HARDY
  • Patent number: 8206327
    Abstract: A head massager includes a helmet (10) having a first parallel hoop (11) and a second parallel hoop (12) connected to each other for forming a ring surrounding the user's head. The helmet (10) has a first meridian hoop (21) and a second meridian hoop (22) connected to each other to form an arc structure and hang the head massager on user's head. The distance adjustment devices (3) are provided to connect the first parallel hoop (11), the second parallel hoop (12), the first meridian hoop (21), and the second meridian hoop (22) together for adjusting the size of the helmet (10) to provide a comfortable fit to user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Shenzhen Breeze Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xu Liang Wu
  • Publication number: 20120151663
    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: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Garry Rumbaugh
  • Patent number: 8201274
    Abstract: The present invention provides a communication device for use in coaching and sports events. The invention includes, in one embodiment, a waterproof radio receiver embodied in a helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Mark Ellis