For Wearer's Head Patents (Class 2/410)
  • Patent number: 7841026
    Abstract: A head protection system comprises a helmet shell, a visor mounting for pivotally mounting a visor to the shell to enable the visor to be moved between raised and lowered positions, and a retainer for releasably retaining the visor to the helmet. The system includes a visor adapted for mounting on the shell which comprises a substrate of transparent thermoplastic material and a backing substrate comprising a plurality of layers of high performance, ballistic resistant material. The system may further include a second visor which can be releasably connected to the shell using the same visor mounting and which may have a different construction and primary function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Allen-Vanguard Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Aristidis Makris, Athanasios Grillas, Bratislav Mitric, Geoffrey Fisher, Jay Sobel, Julia White, Justin E Myles, Maxime Vadeboncoeur, Raymond James, Richard L'Abbe, Rod Farrell, Shaik Kalaam, Clint Hedge, Peter Bortot, Simon Pflanz, Gilles Leclerc, Daniel Page
  • Patent number: 7832023
    Abstract: The protective helmet includes a rigid outer shell where the shell includes an undulating cross-sectional profile. A layer of impact-energy-absorbing material is positioned adjacent to the shell. The undulating profile of the shell can be any type of load spreading undulating profile, such as that of a sinusoidal or triangular wave configuration. The undulating load-spreading profile can be on the inner surface of the shell, on the outer surface of the shell or the entire cross-section of the shell may be undulating. The unique undulating profile makes the shell more rigid and spreads the impact load across the surface of the shell to thereby spread the deformation of the padding layer to prevent the shell from bottoming out of the impact-energy-absorbing material during an impact. As a result, a safer and more effective protective helmet is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph J. Crisco
  • Patent number: 7827621
    Abstract: A hair drying head-piece that absorbs moisture from the hair of a wearer, said headpiece having a cap portion having a top part and a bottom part, said cap bottom part having an opening sized to fit about the top of the wearer's head and said cap top part having a hole therein to allow at least a portion of the wearers's hair to exit the cap therethrough; and at least 4 flat water-absorbing fabric strips attached to the cap top part, each of the 4 flat water-absorbing fabric strips having a length of between 12 and 30 inches and a width between 0.6 inches and 2 inches, wherein said strips fall freely with the wearer's hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventor: Amelia DaCruz
  • Patent number: 7827620
    Abstract: A helmet (12) includes a thermoelectric heat pump (14) mounted onto a rear surface of the helmet shell (12) for delivering temperature conditioned air to the interior of the helmet shell. A multi-layer structure (48) on the helmet shell interior distributes conditioned air across the scalp and directly onto the face. An optional scoop (38) directs ambient air to the heat pump (14). Another version locates the heat pump (68, 84) remotely and conditioned air is transmitted to the helmet apparatus (70, 78) via a flexible conduit (72, 85).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventor: Steve Feher
  • Patent number: 7827617
    Abstract: A helmet chin strap assembly includes a nape pad that is adjustably attached to straps extending below the ears of the user. The straps of the assembly are connected to a helmet by a coupling unit including an anchor strap and a plastic or polymeric reinforcement member attached to the strap. The strap and the reinforcement member are provided with aligned holes through which a threaded post is inserted to cooperate with a bolt or screw to attach the anchor strap to a helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: BAE Systems Specialty Defense Systems of Pennsylvania, Inc.
    Inventors: Bill Trainor, Ray Kryeski
  • Patent number: 7823224
    Abstract: A mask is described herein that uses correlated magnets which enable a person to easily secure and remove the mask to and from their head. Some examples of such a mask include a scuba mask, a welding mask, a fencing mask, a goalie mask, a paint mask, a paintball mask, a catcher's mask, a ski mask, a goalie mask, an oxygen mask, a surgical mask, a face shield, a filter mask, a theatrical mask, a costume mask, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Cedar Ridge Research LLC.
    Inventors: Larry W. Fullerton, Mark D. Roberts
  • Patent number: 7818821
    Abstract: A safety hat has overwhelming light weight and marvelous air permeability as well as measures for water protection against rainy weather and the like. A front air hole 13 is provided in a visor portion 12 in front of a hat body 10 in a horizontal direction, the visor portion 12 is defined by a streamlined curvature so that an ambient air can be brought in smoothly, and an eave portion 15 of the hat body 10 covers a top end 12a of the visor portion 12 from the outside without contacting the same to form the front air hole 13. An air hole 17 is also provided at a back of a peak portion of the hat body 10. The front air hole 13 mainly functions as an inlet for the ambient air, and the rear air hole 17 functions as an outlet for the air introduced into and staying inside the hat body 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Builmatel Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Syoji Shirai, Kazuhiko Tanizawa
  • Patent number: 7814579
    Abstract: A helmet is disclosed that includes a hinged chin guard and a hinged visor. The chin guard and the visor can each be independently raised or they can be raised together. That is, they can be rotated up and from in front of the face of a wearer of the helmet. A one-button release mechanism is provided on the chin guard to release detents that secure the chin guard to the cap body. The chin guard can lock into place when raised or lowered. The chin guard is adapted to rotate in a substantially elliptical trajectory about the sides and top of the cap body. The visor can be rotated through a series of ratchet positions and be removed from the helmet without tools and without removing the chin guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: KBC America, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephane Dion
  • Patent number: 7805776
    Abstract: A face protector comprises a protective structure shaped for extending about a person's mandibular region and a mounting for mounting the face protector to a military combat helmet. The protective structure comprises a front portion and opposed left and right side portions extending from the front portion, the front portion having a free upper edge for positioning below eye level and above mouth level when mounted to the helmet, and being size to extend to below a person's chin. The front portion has inner and outer surfaces, and the mounting is positioned to space the inner surface and the upper edge away from the person's mouth and nose when mounted to the helmet to provide a gap for the passage of ambient air therebetween to permit unobstructed breathing. The protective structure comprises a ballistic resistant material for providing protection against high velocity fragments from explosive devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Allen-Vanguard Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Crossman, Clint Alexander Hedge, Mark Smith, Justin Myles
  • Patent number: 7802318
    Abstract: A helmet includes a helmet body, and a cooling fan device mounted in the helmet body to introduce an ambient air into the helmet body. The cooling fan device includes a support base, a cooling fan, a battery, and a control switch. Thus, the cooling fan is operated to introduce the ambient air through the vent hole of the helmet body into the helmet body to provide ventilating and radiating effects to a user wearing the helmet body so as to provide a comfortable sensation to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventor: Chun-Nan Chen
  • Patent number: 7802319
    Abstract: A safety helmet for protecting a user head includes a shell extending about the perimeter of the user's head. The shell has multiple layers of material suitable for protecting a person's head in the event of a crash or other impact. A front opening is formed in the shell to allow the user to see while wearing the helmet. A separate access opening is included at the rear of the helmet, which includes a channel member extending through the multiple layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventor: Sheila Shaver
  • Publication number: 20100229285
    Abstract: According to the invention, a protective helmet for skiers, snowboarders or for use in other alpine sports is characterized by a channeling system having a mouthpiece and a respiratory-air intake region and a respiratory-gas outlet region which is arranged on the helmet at a distance from the intake region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Felix Kindermann
  • Patent number: 7770240
    Abstract: The connection of a breathing mask to a safety helmet provides increased wearing comfort. A fastening mount (12) with circular arc-shaped inner contour (14) is provided, and the bracket for the breathing mask has a projection corresponding thereto. The projection is in contact with the inner contour (14) of the fastening mount (12), so that the bracket is displaceable in relation to the fastening mount (12) in a rotatingly movable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Manfred Gdulla, Michael Rosert, Dirk Feil, Siegbert Tolk
  • Publication number: 20100192952
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and devices for delivering gas to a subject and obtaining plethysmograph readings from a subject. Specifically disclosed herein are masks and helmets which comprise one or more pulse oximeter probes associated therewith. The masks and helmets may be used in particular contexts, including, but not limited to, emergency responder personnel, pilots or subjects of medical attention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventors: Richard J. Melker, Neil R. Euliano
  • Patent number: 7765622
    Abstract: A replacement pad kit for use in an Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) system helmet comprises a plurality of replacement pads for disposition within an ACH helmet. At least one of the replacement pads comprises a fabric layer for contacting the skin of a wearer, an anti-bacterial hydrophilic foam layer, a shock absorption SRF foam layer, and a hook and loop fastener material for engaging some of the plurality of pad receiving hook and loop type fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventor: William A. Wiles
  • Patent number: 7765621
    Abstract: Supplementary padding (8), for a protective helmet (1) includes a T-shaped envelope (9) designed to be removably affixed inside the helmet. The envelope is made of a flexible material and defines pockets for receiving supplemental padding elements (10a, 10b, 10c, 10d), optionally made of synthetic foam. The envelope includes at least one opening for inserting the supplemental padding elements into said envelope and a self-gripping textile (21a, 21b, 21c, 21d) for releasably adhering the envelope to lining (7) of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: MSA Gallet
    Inventor: Frédéric Lardeau
  • Publication number: 20100186154
    Abstract: An impact reduction device including a pad having a first layer and a second layer. At least one of the first and second layers defines at least one impression. The impact reduction device is arranged and configured to at least partially collapse upon application of a force and to regain its shape after removal of the force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Wesley W. O. Krueger
  • Patent number: 7761933
    Abstract: Hats preferably for supporting and protecting a portion of a baby's head and methods of making same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Inventor: Anne Pham
  • Patent number: 7757309
    Abstract: A protective helmet having a shock-resistant helmet shell having a cut out for establishing a visor opening and a visor panel arranged on the outer side of the helmet shell pivotably around a pivot joint is provided with a vison panel arranged pivotably on the inner side of the helmet shell. The vision panel has at least one lateral end mounted displaceably in a guide which forma a curved section whose virtual pivot point lies outside the lateral end at a distance behind the lateral end of the vision panel so that the path of movement of the vision panel matches to the inner contour of the helmet shell. This makes possible to guide the vision panel inside the helmet shell at a substantially uniform distance from the inner side of the helmet shell, with the result that a minimum space requirement for the vision panel is required on the inner side of the helmet shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Schuberth GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Schimpf
  • Patent number: 7752683
    Abstract: A helmet jacket for covering and protecting a helmet and for substantially and releasably enclosing the volume inside the helmet to allow the covered helmet to function as a sealed carrying and storage container. The jacket may include elastic segments that define respective constricted openings through which the chin straps of the helmet extend on opposed sides of a releasable fastening element so that the chin straps may be used to carry the helmet while the fastened jacket material substantially encloses the volume inside the helmet to define a storage volume within the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Inventor: Scott M. Holloway
  • Patent number: 7752682
    Abstract: A personal protection system is mountable to a user for distributing air to the user includes a shell providing structure. A fan module is supported by the shell for generating a flow of air. Cushioning is provided between the fan module and the shell to reduce vibrations and noise. The fan module includes a fan with blades having an airfoil shape for added noise reduction. An air flow channel is in fluid communication with the fan module for routing the flow of air. A pair of nozzle tips are in fluid communication with the air flow channel and are rotatably adjustable to allow directional adjustment of the flow of air toward a neck of the user. The personal protection system also includes a face shield with multiple removable layers which are sterilized as a unit using gamma radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Brian J. VanDerWoude, Bruce D. Henniges, Richard F. Huyser, Marshall K. Proulx
  • Publication number: 20100170021
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for the manufacture of a moulded article comprising the steps of forming a stack by stacking (2) or more sheets comprising monolayers of unidirectional fibers and optionally a binder; providing isostatic pressurizing means; placing the stack in the isostatic pressurizing means; and consolidating the stack under temperature and isostatic pressure into a moulded article. 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: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventors: Martin Antonius Van Es, William Adrianus Cornelis Roovers, Johann J. Van Elburg
  • Patent number: 7748059
    Abstract: A wind rectifying member positioned between two ventilation covers on the top of a helmet is adjustably supported by fitting members of support structures mounted within each ventilation cover. The fitting members adjust the forward and rearward positioning of the rectifying member and its angle of tilt relative to the wind direction. The fitting members extend through openings in facing side walls of the ventilation covers and into indentations in the ends of the rectifying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: Michio Arai
  • Publication number: 20100162471
    Abstract: A helmet includes a shell, a base coating layer entirely covering an outer surface of the shell, and a decorative layer entirely and thermally bonded to an entire outer surface of the base coating layer. The decorative layer includes an adhesive layer, a reflective layer that is bonded to the adhesive layer and that has a plurality of reflective particles, and a patterned layer that is printed on the adhesive layer. A method of forming the helmet is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventor: Sheng-Hsu Tsai
  • Patent number: 7739752
    Abstract: In a gear main body (1), a mouth opening portion (6) through which a mouth portion can be seen is formed in addition to and separately from an eye opening portion (5) through which both eyes can be seen. A part above the eye opening portion (5) covers a forehead portion, a part between the eye opening portion (5) and the mouth opening portion (6) covers cheek portions and a nose portion, and a part below the mouth opening portion (6) covers a lower jaw portion. A surface-side skin material (2) and a back-face-side skin material (3) are split in a vertical direction between the eye opening portion (5) and the mouth opening portion (6) to form a gap (9). At this gap (9), end portions facing each other at the gap (9) are connected by connecting means in such a manner that left and right spaces between the surface-side skin material (2) and the back-face-side skin material (3) communicate with each other. A shock absorbing material (4) is filled also in the communicating space at the gap (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventor: Takeshi Tsujimoto
  • Patent number: 7735158
    Abstract: A helmet which can ventilate the interior of a head protecting body well by a ventilator mechanism and can decrease the degree of injury or the like of a wearer that may increase by the presence of the ventilator mechanism. At least one of a plurality of attaching mechanisms that attach a cover member or air current deflecting member to the shutter attaching member of the ventilator mechanism includes an engaging projection portion and an engaging hole having a gap. The engaging projection portion is configured to be relatively pressed into the gap and then relatively inserted and held in the engaging hole through the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Shoei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masayuki Tsurumi
  • Patent number: 7735156
    Abstract: A personal protection system for providing a sterile barrier around medical/surgical personnel. The system includes a head unit over which a hood or a toga suspended. Internal to the head unit is a ventilation fan, a light for illuminating the surgical field and communications system for communicating with others. The head unit includes a head band. The ventilation fan is adjustably mounted to the head band so it can be positioned at a location to minimize the strain imposed on the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Brian VanDerWoude, Marshall Proulx, Douglas Campbell, David H. Grulke
  • Patent number: 7735157
    Abstract: A full-face-type helmet such as an off-road driving helmet, in which ventilation of the interior of the full-face-type helmet is performed well by external air flowing in from a chin region, and a ventilation through hole extending through an impact absorbing liner substantially in the direction of its thickness need not be particularly formed in a region including the side head region and its vicinity of the impact absorbing liner for the external air flowing in from the chin region. The impact-on-the-chin absorbing portion of the impact absorbing liner disposed inside an outer shell having a first ventilation opening in the chin region includes a liner main body portion, and a sheet-like backing plate which is arranged on the inner surface of the liner main body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Shoei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Ikeda
  • Patent number: 7735154
    Abstract: A protective ear appliance including two ear protectors with a band and a slidable coupling between the band and the ear protectors. The band encircles a portion of a wearer's head, has a curved shape with two ends and inner and outer curved surfaces. There is a slidable coupling between each of the ear protectors and the band so that each ear protector can slide independently with respect to the band to adjust the distance between the two ear protectors along the band so that the ear protectors can seat in the wearer's ears. The band can be formed with a central band hingedly coupled to the two end band portions. The ear protectors are coupled to the end band portions and slide relative to the end band portions. The protective ear appliance is designed to be worn with the central band around the back of the wearer's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Gordini USA Inc.
    Inventors: David Gellis, Gad Shaanan, Francois Duval, Serge Dubeau, Ivan Brousseau
  • Publication number: 20100132094
    Abstract: A removable washable liner system for headgear. The system may be used to line headgear of different materials, sizes and/or geometries. An embodiment of the system generally includes a liner body with a base layer and a moisture layer that is attached to the inner surface thereof. A means for releasably securing may attach the liner body to a portion of headgear. In some embodiments, the system includes at least one deodorizing substance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventor: Michael L. Mullen
  • Publication number: 20100132721
    Abstract: An apparatus including a housing forming a protective head cover and a hearing protection mechanism coupled to the housing is defined. The apparatus further includes an attachment mechanism coupled to the housing and the attachment mechanism is to connect the housing to an external air supply.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: RPB, Ltd.
    Inventor: Garth Graham Ivory
  • Patent number: 7716754
    Abstract: The present invention is a ski helmet that combines a visor and face shield. Adapted to the ski helmet is a suitably thick strip of resilient foam material positioned across the exterior front-facing surface of the helmet protecting the forehead area of the person wearing the helmet. The face shield can be rotated to various positions which will change the contact area of the face shield and foam strip and thus the amount of air flow between the face shield and user's face. When the face shield is in maximum contact with the foam strip, air flow is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventor: William Ross
  • Patent number: 7698750
    Abstract: A bicycle helmet has a body with a concave inner surface configured to permit the helmet to fit a user's head. The helmet also includes a reinforcement structure having a plurality of separate frames interconnected with each other, at least one of the plurality of frames comprising a unidirectional filament, wherein the reinforcement structure engages the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Bullock
  • Publication number: 20100088807
    Abstract: There is provided a lightweight helmet shell including 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 according to the invention has excellent breathability, is lightweight, and has improved impact absorbability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventors: Sang-Ok JEONG, Wan-Ouk Kim, Yong-Kyong Lee
  • Patent number: 7694354
    Abstract: An article of protective apparel for placement on and protection of a portion of the body of a user includes a protective shell and bi-directional device that receives a first and second line that each extend to the shell. Rotation of a control handle of the bi-directional device causes portions of the lines to be drawn into the device, thereby tightening the protective shell about the user. Optionally, the article is a helmet for having an adjustable chin strap that is capable of being tightened by manual rotation of the control handle of the device. Optionally, the article of protective apparel is capable of being loosened by manual positioning of the control handle into a release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Enventys, LLC
    Inventors: Tom J. Philpott, Kevin J. Dahlquist, Ian D. Kovacevich, Daniel Lee Bizzell
  • Patent number: 7694353
    Abstract: An air circulation system is provided that is fittable to a protective helmet. The system includes an external manifold, a removable intake duct, and a removable exhaust duct. The manifold is mountable to an external surface of a protective shell of a helmet and defines an exhaust passage external of the shell having at least one orifice communicable with an interior crown region of the shell and an intake passage communicable with a bottom region of the shell near a wearer's mouth and nose. The removable intake duct is connected to a remote positive pressure source at one end and connected to the external intake passage on the other end. The removable exhaust duct is connected to a remote source of negative pressure at one end and connected to the external exhaust passage of the external manifold on the other end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Inventor: Brian Weston
  • Publication number: 20100075619
    Abstract: A hard hat with radio frequency communication includes a hat body and a vibrator carried by the hat body. A transceiver for receiving and transmitting radio frequency signals is connected to a processor. The transceiver and the processor are carried by the hat body. The processor is programmed to activate the vibrator to notify a wearer of a radio frequency signal received by the transceiver and to transmit an acknowledgement signal via the transceiver. A power source is carried by the hard hat for powering the vibrator, the transceiver and the processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2008
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventors: Jordan Lowell Solla, Dale James Beard
  • Patent number: 7681256
    Abstract: A mask is described herein that uses correlated magnets which enable a person to easily secure and remove the mask to and from their head. Some examples of such a mask include a scuba mask, a welding mask, a fencing mask, a goalie mask, a paint mask, a paintball mask, a catcher's mask, a ski mask, a goalie mask, an oxygen mask, a surgical mask, a face shield, a filter mask, a theatrical mask, a costume mask, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Cedar Ridge Research, LLC.
    Inventors: Larry W. Fullerton, Mark D. Roberts
  • Patent number: 7676854
    Abstract: This invention relates to a helmet, comprising an external shell (9) and an impact-absorbing helmet liner (10) in which the helmet liner comprises a layer provided with protruding, deformable and impact-absorbing hollow knobs (7) distributed on an substantial part of the surface of the helmet liner as a protective layer. The helmet is characterized in that the hollow knots (7) are arranged for deformation by crushing in case of external impact on the helmet, and that the helmet liner (10) with the hollow knots (7) exhibits undercut. The helmet may also comprise an impact-absorbing and preferably resilient layer (2) which may be arranged between the external shell (9) and an internal lining (11) being arranged to rest in contact with the head of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Crescendo AS
    Inventors: Jan Gisle Berger, Johan Horsrud, Ulf Tolfsen, Roy Kristiansen
  • Publication number: 20100058540
    Abstract: A system of modular, detachable cushions having surfaces containing hook and/or loop fasteners that fasten to mating loop, open weave or hook surfaces to define adjustable, conformal contoured support surfaces at user contact surfaces and appliances producing fatigue and/or abrasion (e.g. automotive seats, chairs, compartment walls, desks, footwear, helmets, tools etc.). The cushions can include air, elastomer, fabric, fiber, foam, liquid, gel, and/or rubber cushioning materials or combinations thereof arranged in envelopes, pads, cavities or tiered assemblies. The cushions include surfaces fitted with one or more layers of cushioning materials or envelopes of cushioning material and one or more regions of fastener materials that mate with interconnecting fasteners at the contact surface or appliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventor: Nathaniel Calvert
  • Publication number: 20100005571
    Abstract: A helmet blastometer for characterizing the direction, speed, magnitude, and duration of a blast event to determine the likelihood of blast-induced traumatic brain injury (biTBI). A set of external sensors, each having one or more time of arrival (TOA) gages, is mounted at various positions on a rigid outer shell of the helmet. Each external sensor includes a first TOA gage that produces a TOA signal in response to a fast rising blast induced positive pressure change above a predetermined threshold. These positive pressure change TOA signals are received by a receiver and analyzed to determine direction, speed, and magnitude of a blast. At least one of the external sensors may also include a second TOA gauge that produces a TOA signal in response to a negative pressure change below a predetermined threshold. The positive and negative pressure change TOA signals from the same external sensor are used by the receiver processor to determine blast duration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventors: William C. Moss, Michael J. King
  • Publication number: 20090322546
    Abstract: A safety helmet provides toxic gas monitoring in the field of vision of the helmet user. The safety helmet includes a gas-measuring device of modular design. The safety helmet has a sensor module (5) positioned in the field of vision of the helmet user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: Dräger Safety AG & CO. KGaA
    Inventors: Ingo KANEBLEI, Sandra BRUEGMANN, Andreas NAUBER
  • Patent number: 7636954
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the invention, a helmet attachment system is provided. The system includes a helmet. The system also includes a platform coupled to the helmet. The platform has a length, a width, and a thickness. The platform is configured to allow a device to be coupled to the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Arne Lang-Ree, Hilgard N. Muller
  • Patent number: 7634820
    Abstract: An adjustment mechanism for a helmet. A first sliding surface is defined in a first portion of the helmet and includes an opening. A second sliding surface is defined in a second portion of the helmet. Two spaced apart arms extend from the second sliding surface. The first and second sliding surfaces are in sliding engagement with one another with the arms sliding within the opening. A lever is pivotally connected to the first portion in proximity of the opening and pivotable between a locked position and an unlocked position. The lever has a series of regularly spaced apart parallel teeth which in the locked position protrude through the opening with at least a selected one of the teeth being engageable between the two spaced apart arms to prevent the first and second sliding surfaces from sliding relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Sport Maska Inc.
    Inventors: David Rogers, Charles H. Rogers, Peter Stokes
  • Publication number: 20090307817
    Abstract: An eye protector (16) is provided for mounting on a helmet (10) of the type worn by a firefighter or other emergency worker, the helmet having a brim (14) that projects forwardly and laterally from a lower part of a crown (12). The eye protector (16) includes a bracket (20) mounted to the brim (14), a pair of eye shields (18) movable between a storage position extending along the brim (14) and a usage position extending downward from the brim (14) to shield the eyes of the wearer, and a pair of hinges (22) to connect the eye shields (18) to the bracket (20) for movement between the storage and usage positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventors: Thomas H. Stachler, Mary I. Grilliot, William L. Grilliot
  • Publication number: 20090307816
    Abstract: An eye protector (16) is provided for mounting to a protective helmet (10) of the type worn by a firefighter or other emergency worker. The protective helmet (10) has a brim (14), and the eye protector (16) includes a bracket (20) mounted to the brim (14), a first stop surface (38) carried on the bracket (20), an eye shield (18) attached to the bracket (20) for movement between a storage position extending along the brim (14) and a usage position extending downward from the brim (14) to shield the eye of the wearer, and a second stop surface (37) carried on the eye shield (18) and abutted against the first stop surface (38) with the eye shield (18) in the usage position to limit movement of the eye shield (18) beyond the usage position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventors: Thomas H. Stachler, Mary I. Grilliot, William L. Grilliot
  • Publication number: 20090304759
    Abstract: Low-shrinkage chitosan films containing sugars and laminates made from the films are provided. The films and laminates can be used to make a variety of finished articles that can be used to provide protection from hazardous chemical and biological agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: E. I. duPont de Nemours and Company
    Inventor: Edward George Howard, JR.
  • Patent number: 7624457
    Abstract: The invention relates to a head gear. The object of the invention is to increase the functionality of the head gear concerning playing and security features. To achieve said object the head gear comprises a whistle attached to it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventors: Paul Sedlmair, Josef Sedlmair
  • Publication number: 20090287425
    Abstract: Safety clothing (1) for persons in dangerous situations is provided including at least one device (3) for generating light and/or at least one device for generating sound and/or at least one mechanical device for generating a warning stimulus, which is perceptible by the person, an interface (5) for generating data or signals with a gas-measuring device (12) and a power supply device (9) for supplying the at least one device (3) and/or the interface with power. The features are in functional connection with one another, for optically and/or acoustically and/or mechanically warning the person when at least one limit value of a harmful gas is exceeded or in case of at least one implausible measured value of the air detected by the gas-measuring device (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: DRAGER SAFETY AG & CO. KGAA
    Inventors: Stefan BARTEN, Markus WANSING, Volker KUHN
  • Publication number: 20090276940
    Abstract: A system for supplying and carrying air into the interior lens of a closed mask, helmet or goggle for the purpose of removing accumulated precipitation from the mask lens consisting of a battery powered air pump or aerator of any size or type which removably attaches to a person or a mask, helmet or goggle by a clip or other type of fastener which may be carried within a vest, belt pouch or on a belt pouch or on a belt or other form of carrying device or casing, or which may be build in as an integral part of a mask, helmet or goggle whereby air is carried from said pump through a single or multiple lines(s) of flexible plastic, vinyl or other type of flexible tubing or molded tubing which can be detached, or broken into two pieces, by a disconnect piece/connector (a quick disconnect piece) and whereby said tubing communicates between the pump outlet and the interior of the mask, helmet or goggle and air is directed onto the lens of the mask, helmet or goggle through some type of air inlet adapter, or air dir
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventor: Matthew Blair Sallee