Including Energy-absorbing Means Patents (Class 2/411)
  • Patent number: 10779600
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a protective helmet includes an outer shell made of a polyethylene material, wherein the shell is locally deformable when impacted with a strong force and an inner liner provided within the outer shell. A protective helmet comprising: an outer shell made of a polyethylene material, wherein the shell is locally deformable when impacted with a strong force; and an inner liner provided within the outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: THE UAB RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Dean Sicking, Benjamin Willis
  • Patent number: 10736371
    Abstract: The present invention provides a protective headgear having a multi-layered shell to attenuate amplitude of mechanical waves of a blunt trauma to a human head by phase reversal of the mechanical waves at a boundary established between two adjacent layers of the multi-layered shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Choon Kee Lee
  • Patent number: 10736372
    Abstract: A protective football helmet is provided having a one-piece molded shell with an impact attenuation system. This system includes an impact attenuation member formed in an extent of the front shell portion by removing material from the front portion. The impact attenuation member changes how a portion of the shell having the impact attenuation member responds to an impact force having a component applied substantially normal to the impact attenuation member as compared to how the left and right side portions respond to the impact force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Kanos IP Corporation
    Inventors: Michael M. Princip, James C. Wingo, Jeremy J. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10702001
    Abstract: A helmet that includes an outer shell having at least a first outer magnetic member, an inner shell having at least a first inner magnetic member, and padding secured inside the inner shell. The first inner magnetic member is spaced from and opposed to the first outer magnetic member, such that the first inner magnetic member repels the first outer magnetic member. The outer shell is connected to the inner shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: TATE TECHNOLOGY, LLC
    Inventors: Gerard Eric Morgan, Gerard Earl Morgan, III
  • Patent number: 10638807
    Abstract: A helmet cover includes a cover configured to extend over a helmet and at least one mount attached to the cover. In one embodiment, a backing plate is coupled to the at least one mount and the cover is sandwiched between the backing plate and the at least one mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventor: Richard J. Long
  • Patent number: 10624406
    Abstract: The present helmet invention combines lightweight, impact absorption materials, force distribution structures, and means for affixing a facemask and straps to the helmet for reducing the risk of head injury. The internal construction of the helmet uses the combination of three or more elliptically shaped rings, each referred to as a “halo ring.” The halo rings are rigidly affixed to u-shaped torsion bars, and together form a cage. The cage covers areas of the head and skull vulnerable to injury, operating to disperse and thereby dissipate external impacts at any point where forces on the helmet's external surface are transferred to the ovoid-like cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Richard Todaro
  • Patent number: 10602794
    Abstract: A hat, headband or helmet formed from a material (10) comprising first and second layers (11, 12) of material and a low friction interface (13) arranged between the layers to enable sliding of the first layer of material (11) relative to the second layer of material (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: MIPS AB
    Inventor: Johan Thiel
  • Patent number: 10595577
    Abstract: A protective football helmet is provided having a two-piece mold shell diminution shell system. The helmet is comprised of a nine-piece part outer shell, a solid rim outer shell to deflect direct impact from the nine piece part outer shell, an inner liner helmet, compression springs as shocks, and a spin dial to control and restrict the movement of the compression springs and nine piece part outer shell. The nine piece part is a special designed helmet to absorb impact on contact from the crown of the helmet, all four sides and all angles in between to protect the players' head from direct contact at any angle. The outer shell diminution system is piece parted to absorb the impact energy individually by the outer shell protection. Each outer shell piece parted section takes on the impact of energy with an oval shape to deflect and transfer contact impact energy from one piece part to another, thereby dispersing the energy throughout the outer shell of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventor: Terry Leonard Lewis
  • Patent number: 10548363
    Abstract: A fit system for a helmet can include an adjuster including a width adjustment track, and first and second pods moveably coupled to the width adjustment track with a first and second support arm, the second pod comprising a lateral offset from the first pod. The fit system can further include a dial moveably coupled to the adjustor, such that movement of the dial changes a size of the lateral offset between the first pod and the second pod. The fit system can further include a hanger flexibly coupled to both the first pod and the second pod and adapted to allow for adjustment of the lateral offset between the first pod and the second pod. The hanger can further be adapted to allow for movement of the first pod and the second pod in a direction substantially perpendicular to the lateral offset without movement of the dial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: BELL SPORTS, INC.
    Inventors: Ben D. Pritz, Samuel J. Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10517347
    Abstract: The present invention is a protective helmet having multiple zones of protection suitable for use in construction work, athletic endeavors, and similar activities. The helmet includes a hard outer protective shell, an inner shell and an elastomeric zone with the outer shell suspended over the inner shell. A plurality of sinusoidal springs are positioned within the elastomeric zone. In one embodiment, force indicators may be displayed that indicate the amount of force impacting a helmet. The force indicators may indicate impact force form both direct and rotational directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Loubert S. Suddaby
  • Patent number: 10517346
    Abstract: A protective helmet, including a hard outer shell, a hard inner shell slidingly connected to, and spaced apart from, the outer shell, and a leaf spring including a center portion, a first end, and a second end, the leaf spring anchored only at the center portion onto the hard outer shell, the first end unattached to, and in sliding contact with the hard inner shell, and the second end unattached to, and in sliding contact with the hard inner shell. In a neutral position, the first end is spaced from the second end by a first distance, and when a force strikes the helmet, the first end is spaced from the second end by a second distance, the second distance being different from the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Loubert S. Suddaby
  • Patent number: 10512295
    Abstract: A protective headgear and headgear adjustment system is described. An example protective headgear may comprise a front section comprising padding configured to conform to a shape of a head of a wearer, a back section attached to the front section. The back section may comprise one or more adjustment members adjacent an opening in the back section. The protective headgear may comprise one or more pads configured to removeably attach to the adjustment member to define a horizontal adjustment and a vertical adjustment of the back section and at least partially cover the opening in the back section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: GUARDIAN INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Wallace Lee Hanson, Erin Nemec Hanson, Dave Lewandowski, Caitlin Hanson Gouws, Alexandra Hanson Garner, Matthew Mills Simonds
  • Patent number: 10506841
    Abstract: A protective football helmet is provided having a face guard mounting system with at least one pair of opposed recessed mounting regions that ensure a low-profile mounting arrangement for a face guard to the helmet. The recessed mounting regions are formed in both the inner and outer surfaces of the helmet shell along a frontal opening in the shell. As a result of the streamlined frontal appearance provided by the face guard mounting system, the width of the face guard closely corresponds to the width of the helmet at the recessed mounting regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Vittorio Bologna, Nelson Kraemer, Thad M. Ide
  • Patent number: 10499700
    Abstract: A helmet includes a shell, a brim, ridges, and multiple flexible structures. The shell is shaped to receive a user's head. The brim covers the user's forehead and areas above the temples and ears and protrudes from the outer surface of the shell. The ridges are located along the back and top of the helmet and also protrude from the outer surface of the shell. The flexible structures, which are made of a material that is more flexible than the shell, the brim, and the ridges, are positioned in separation gaps between the shell and the brim and ridges. The shell, brim, ridges, and flexible structures are fused together as a single unibody. When the helmet is subjected to an impact on the brim or the ridges, the corresponding flexible structure deforms so that the brim or ridge moves relative to the shell. The deformation of the flexible structure attenuates the force of the impact, which improves the helmet's ability to protect the user from impacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: ZAM Helmets Inc.
    Inventor: Whitman Kwok
  • Patent number: 10470516
    Abstract: A protective football helmet is provided having a one-piece molded shell with an impact attenuation system. This system includes an impact attenuation member formed in an extent of the front shell portion by removing material from the front portion. The impact attenuation member changes how a portion of the shell having the impact attenuation member responds to an impact force having a component applied substantially normal to the impact attenuation member as compared to how the left and right side portions respond to the impact force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: KRANOS IP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael M. Princip, James C. Wingo, Jeremy J. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10470514
    Abstract: A protective helmet comprises a shell having an inner surface and an outer surface, and a shell segment movable relative to the shell; an energy absorbing layer having an inner surface, and an outer surface which contacts the inner surface of the shell; and internal padding operably coupled to the inner surface of the energy absorbing layer. The shell has a perimeter and the shell segment is formed by at least one slot channel in the shell which does not extend to the perimeter of the shell. The shell segment moves relative to the shell upon the helmet receiving an impact force. The slot channel is generally U-shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: KRANOS IP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael M. Princip, James C. Wingo, Jeremy J. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10470515
    Abstract: A protective helmet comprises a shell made of plastic and having a raised central region oriented from a front of the shell towards a rear of the shell, a first vent opening adjacent to the raised central region on a left side of the raised central region, a second vent opening adjacent to the raised central region on a right side of the raised central region, a pressable front section created by a non-linear slit through the shell, which does not extend to an edge of the shell, ear holes formed in the shell; and an energy absorbing layer protected by the shell and having an outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: KRANOS IP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael M. Princip, James C. Wingo, Jeremy J. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10463099
    Abstract: A helmet for rotational energy management can include an outer energy management layer comprising an outer surface and an inner surface opposite the outer surface. The inner surface can comprise a first slidable finish comprising a first glaze comprising a thickness less than or equal to 2 millimeters (mm). An inner energy management layer can be disposed within the outer energy management layer and further comprise an outer surface oriented towards the outer energy management layer and an inner surface opposite the outer surface. The outer surface can comprise a second slidable finish that directly contacts the first slidable finish. The second slidable finish can comprise a second glaze comprising a thickness less than or equal to 2 mm. A space between the first slidable finish and the second slidable finish can be devoid of a lubricant and devoid of any interstitial slip layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Allen, James R. Penny, Alexander J. Szela, Julio Valencia, Christopher T. Pietrzak
  • Patent number: 10463826
    Abstract: This invention relates to a headgear component as a part of a headgear. The component comprising a backstrap, a first ear loop extending from one end of the backstrap, the first ear loop following a path defining a first ear opening, and a second ear loop extending from another end of the backstrap, the second ear loop following a path defining a second ear opening. A first pair of connection zones is on the first ear loop, each connection zone spaced an equal distance from the backstrap and spaced from each other, and a second pair of connection zones on the second ear loop, each connection zone spaced an equal distance apart from the backstrap and spaced from each other. A connection zone of the first pair and a connection zone of the second pair are on a first side of the backstrap, and a connection zone of the first pair and a connection zone of the second pair are on a second (other) side of the backstrap, wherein the headgear component is substantially of a symmetrical shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Laurence Gulliver, Michael Paul Ronayne, Charles William Douglas Irving
  • Patent number: 10448691
    Abstract: A protective helmet comprises a shell comprising a non-linear slit at least partially surrounding and defining a flexible section movable relative to the shell. The helmet further comprises an energy absorbing layer contacting an inner surface of the shell and an inner surface of the flexible section. Internal padding is operably coupled to the energy absorbing layer. The shell has a perimeter, and the non-linear slit does not extend to the perimeter of the shell. The flexible section moves relative to the shell upon the helmet receiving an impact energy to dampen the impact energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: KRANOS IP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael M. Princip, James C. Wingo, Jeremy J. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10398187
    Abstract: A helmet body with an outer shell and at least two energy management liners may include an elastomeric shaft, a fixed retainer, and an adjustable retainer. The elastomeric shaft has a head, a tail, and a plurality of frustoconical ridges disposed along the elastomeric shaft between the head and the tail, the elastomeric shaft being narrower at the tail than at the head. The fixed retainer has first opening large enough to receive both the head, but a second opening is smaller than a size of the head. The adjustable retainer may have an aperture sized to receive the tail and part of the elastomeric shaft. The inner liner and the outer liner are coupled together with the fixed retainer on one side, the elastomeric shaft extending through the fixed retainer, the inner liner, and the outer liner and the adjustable retainer around the elastomeric shaft on the other side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc
    Inventor: Samuel J. Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10401244
    Abstract: An impact sensor includes a hollow container having a plurality of walls, a first magnetic member attached to one of the plurality of walls, and a second magnetic member magnetically attracted to the first magnetic member. A marking device is disposed on the second magnetic member. When a force applied to the sensor exceeds a first predetermined value, the marking device engages one of the plurality of walls and wherein the marking device marks the one of the plurality of walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Kenobi Tech, LLC
    Inventor: Jessica Garcia
  • Patent number: 10357077
    Abstract: A bicycle helmet for protecting the head of a wearer includes an outer shell and an energy dissipating inner layer coupled to the outer shell. The inner layer defines an inner surface, and front attachment locations are inwardly offset from the inner surface substantially at a frontal portion of the helmet. Rear attachment locations are inwardly offset from the inner surface substantially at a rear portion of the helmet. An internal ventilation system is supported by the front attachment locations and the rear attachment locations. The internal ventilation system is configured for direct engagement with the head of the wearer for supporting the helmet upon the head of the wearer. The internal ventilation system provides a gap between the head of the wearer and the inner surface. The gap allows ventilating air to flow over a substantial extent of the wearer's head and within the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher T. Pietrzak
  • Patent number: 10357075
    Abstract: A protective football helmet is provided having a one-piece molded shell with an impact attenuation system. This system includes an impact attenuation member formed in an extent of the front shell portion by removing material from the front portion. The impact attenuation member changes how a portion of the shell having the impact attenuation member responds to an impact force having a component applied substantially normal to the impact attenuation member as compared to how the left and right side portions respond to the impact force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: KRANOS IP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael M. Princip, James C. Wingo, Jeremy J. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10349696
    Abstract: A helmet having an inner shell with a first projection and a second projection, an outer shell, and at least one shock absorption system. Each shock absorption system comprises a first recess disposed in the first projection, a second recess disposed in the second projection, and a leaf spring having a first leg, a second leg, and a curved middle portion. The first leg is received by the first recess and the second leg is received by the second recess. The leaf spring is adapted to flex and extend into the first and second recesses in response to an external impact to the helmet. The inner shell and outer shell may be composed of a synthetic fiber. The shock absorption system may also include a compression spring disposed between a flange of the leaf spring and the second projection of the inner shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Kenneth K. Ogata
  • Patent number: 10342279
    Abstract: Protective gear such as a helmet includes multiple shell layers connected using one or more concertinaed structures. The concertinaed structures allow the shell layers greater flexibility to move relative to each other when mechanical forces are imparted onto the outer shell layer. When energy and impact transformer layers are disposed between the shell layers, the concertinaed structures may also allow improvement function of the energy and impact transformer layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Brainguard Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert T. Knight
  • Patent number: 10334904
    Abstract: A sports helmet for protecting a head of a wearer, that comprises: an outer shell comprising an external surface of the sports helmet; inner padding disposed between the outer shell and the wearer's head; an adjustment mechanism operable by the wearer to vary an internal volume of the cavity to adjust a fit of the sports helmet on the wearer's head; and a rotational impact protection device disposed between the external surface of the sports helmet and the wearer's head when the sports helmet is worn, the rotational impact protection device comprising a surface movable relative to the external surface of the sports helmet in response to a rotational impact on the outer shell to absorb rotational energy from the rotational impact, the surface of the rotational impact protection device undergoing displacement when the adjustment mechanism is operated by the wearer to vary the internal volume of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: BAUER HOCKEY, LLC
    Inventors: Jacques Durocher, Jean-Francois Laperriere, Marie-Claude Genereux, Denis Cote
  • Patent number: 10321724
    Abstract: A personal impact protection device (10) with a first mechanical member (12) that may be a shell, ring or housing, and a second mechanical member (14) that may also be a shell, ring or housing. The two mechanical members (12, 14) are nested and spaced from one another. One or more elastomeric energy-absorption members (16) are mechanically coupled to and span the distance between both of the mechanical members (12, 14) to absorb energy from impacts to the outer mechanical member (12) that displace the outer member (12) relative to the inner member (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: WB Development Company, LLC
    Inventors: Walter Bonin, Glenn Jordan
  • Patent number: 10306943
    Abstract: A shock absorbing helmet includes an outer shell, an inner shock absorbing liner attached to the outer shell, and multiple compressible balls coupled with the outer shell and/or the shock absorbing liner in such a way that the compressible balls are free to move, relative to the outer shell and the shock absorbing liner, when the helmet is impacted by an object. A method of manufacturing a shock absorbing helmet involves forming an outer shell of the helmet, forming a shock absorbing liner of the helmet, attaching multiple compressible balls to the outer shell and/or the shock absorbing liner in such a way that the compressible balls are free to move, relative to the outer shell and the shock absorbing liner, when the helmet is impacted by an object, and attaching the outer shell to the shock absorbing liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Juan N. Walterspiel
  • Patent number: 10299529
    Abstract: Described herein are helmets comprising at least one surface reinforcing component. In some embodiments the surface reinforcing component comprises at least one anchoring feature embedded in a structural feature of the helmet, such as a force absorbing element. In other embodiments, the surface reinforcing component comprises fasteners configured to mate with a respective fastener on a shell of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Smith Optics, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Chilson
  • Patent number: 10285466
    Abstract: A football helmet comprising a one-piece shell and an energy absorbing layer includes a crown portion, a front portion, a left side portion, a right side portion, and a rear portion. The shell has a non-linear channel spaced in its entirety from an edge of the shell that partially surrounds and defines a shell section within the front portion such that the shell section is moveable relative to the remainder of the shell upon the shell section receiving an impact energy to dampen the impact energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: KRANOS IP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael M. Princip, James C. Wingo, Jeremy J. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10254087
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bulletproof, shock-absorbing helmet and, particularly, to a bulletproof, shock-absorbing helmet having undulations formed in a surface of an outer helmet so that incoming shells are deflected by sloped surfaces of the undulations, and having shock absorbing means provided in a space between the outer helmet and an inner helmet to absorb shocks and prevent injury due to shocks that would otherwise be transmitted to a head and a neck of a wearer when the shells are deflected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventor: Jung-won Lee
  • Patent number: 10251440
    Abstract: A system for mitigating an impact force is provided. The system a helmet having a face mask attached thereto, and the face mask includes a first portion; and a second portion. The first portion and the second portion are separated by a gap and held together via a biasing member. A force received by the first portion is at least partially transferred to the second portion via the biasing member, wherein a fraction of the transferred force is returned to the first portion, the fraction being less than the force received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Newtonoid Technologies, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Fielding B. Staton
  • Patent number: 10244809
    Abstract: A force attenuating helmet construction including a rigid layer generally conforming to the wearer's head. A plurality of force absorbing and reacting portions extend from locations of the rigid layer such that, in response to an impact event experienced by the helmet, the absorptive and reactive forces minimize impact forces transferred to the user's head and spine. The helmet can include inner and outer rigid layers, or shells, and which are spatially supported by a plurality of force attenuating components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Linares Medical Devices, LLC
    Inventors: Miguel A. Linares, Miguel A. Linares, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10238163
    Abstract: An anchoring system for securing a strap to an in-molded helmet can include a strap anchor that includes an anchor housing and an in-molding flange coupled to the anchor housing. The anchoring system can include a bar tack clip sized to fit partially within the anchor housing, the bar tack clip including a cross beam, an opening adjacent the cross beam, and at least one clip coupled to the cross beam and sized to mateably couple with the anchor housing. The anchoring system can also include a strap disposed through the opening in the bar tack clip and looped around the cross beam, the strap being coupled to itself with a bar tack. The at least one clip of the bar tack clip can be disposed at an in-bound side of the bar tack clip or can include two side clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregg T. Jacobsen
  • Patent number: 10226094
    Abstract: Apparatus for protecting a user from impacts to the head. The apparatus includes a shell configured to receive a human head and a plurality of structures attached to the outer surface of the shell. Each structure includes an outer cell that absorbs direct impacts. Each structure is independently coupled to the shell with a respective assembly. The structures move independently of one another and are restricted to sliding tangentially along the outer surface of the shell. The assemblies each include a biasing mechanism that absorbs tangential impacts to the structure and returns the respective structure to its rest position. Thus, a user is protected from the concussive effects of a head-on impact and the rotational acceleration injuries of a tangential impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: AES R&D, LLC
    Inventors: Albert Straus, Robert J. Michael
  • Patent number: 10212983
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide a helmet including customized helmet layers and corresponding methods of construction. In one aspect, a method comprises capturing a 3D image of a head corresponding to the head of an individual, and rendering a 3D headform based on the 3D image. A lining layer is formed, which includes a geometry corresponding to the 3D headform and the inner surface of the shell layer such that an inner surface of the lining layer conforms to the shape of a corresponding portion of the 3D headform. An outer surface of the lining layer further conforms to the shape of a corresponding portion of an inner surface of a shell layer. Another aspect of the method comprises forming a shell layer such that the shell layer includes a geometry corresponding to the shape of a portion of the 3D headform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Brainguard Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert T. Knight
  • Patent number: 10182607
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to the field of headgear, and, more particularly, to a headgear safety apparatus in the form of a single contiguous and homogeneous pad, having an inner surface, wherein said inner surface is substantially concave; an outer surface, wherein said outer surface is substantially convex; and a one or more safety features. The single contiguous and homogeneous pad is manufactured from closed-cell, ethylene vinyl acetate foam using an injection molding process to create integrated safety features in a single, anti-microbial, safety pad that protects the wearer but does not cover the ears.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: LDR Headgear, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Andrews, Dale Evans, Larry Marchionda
  • Patent number: 10158685
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the invention, a system provides virtual presence model in servers. An embodiment of the invention also has video streaming capability and can allow a user to select which video to watch as the large, central video with some statistics and data on side portions of the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventors: Kenleigh C. Hobby, Brendan Gowing, David P. Matt
  • Patent number: 10143259
    Abstract: The invention belongs to the technical field of helmets and relates to a helmet with a transformable jaw protecting structure, wherein a jaw protector is reliably transformed between a full-face helmet position and a half-face helmet position in a gear constraint structure and mode, and the uniqueness and reversibility of a kinematical and geometrical locus of the jaw protector can be kept everywhere during a round trip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: JIANGMEN PENGCHENG HELMETS LTD.
    Inventors: Haotian Liao, Youjun Feng
  • Patent number: 10101063
    Abstract: A helmet is provided, comprising: a first shell having a convex top; a second shell having a concave bottom; a base having: a convex top affixed to the concave bottom of the shell; a concave bottom secured to the convex top of; and an air flow channel formed in the convex top of the base for guiding air through to an exit in the concave bottom of the base; a power and electronics module secured within a cavity in the first shell, comprising: a power source, comprising: a solar array secured; a battery pack; and a charging module configured to charge the battery pack from current provided by the solar array; and a 5 volt power output connector electrically coupled to the power source and configured for charging a small electronic device; and a heater electrically coupled to the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Christian G. Hill
  • Patent number: 10034511
    Abstract: An athletic helmet includes an outer shell, having an outer surface and an inner surface, shaped to receive a head, and a magnetic system disposed adjacent to the inner surface. The magnetic system has at least one magnet configured to have one pole aligned such that its magnetic dipole moment is oriented approximately normal to the outer surface and a magnetic holding device configured to allow the at least one magnet to slidably move along a surface of the magnetic holding device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: American Doctors Online, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul I. Bulat
  • Patent number: 10010122
    Abstract: This invention is an improved padding used by athletes and others to prevent or greatly reduce the instances of injury due to blows to the body. This is accomplished through the utilization of a radial expanding and contracting structure encapsulated in a foam type material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Brian Kamradt
  • Patent number: 10010126
    Abstract: A helmet is disclosed for protection during an impact. An outer liner and an inner liner slidably coupled to an interior surface of the outer liner through at least one return spring. The outer liner includes an interior surface with a shelf extending inward. The shelf includes an arresting surface. The inner liner has an exterior surface, an interior surface and an edge connecting the exterior surface to the interior surface. The edge faces the arresting surface of the shelf. The inner liner is slidably movable relative to the outer liner between a first position in which the edge of the inner liner is separated from the arresting surface of the shelf by a gap, and an arrested position in which a portion of the edge of the inner liner is in contact with a portion of the arresting surface of the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Shaffer, Mark A. Busse, Rafael T. Ramirez, Eamon Briggs
  • Patent number: 10004290
    Abstract: A protective headgear for equestrian use provides a traditional style cowboy hat with protective features to allow it to comply with prevailing equestrian helmet standards. The hat includes interior protective padding in the top of the dome, exterior protective padding below the crown of the dome, and exterior protective padding on the rear of the hat below the brim. The protective padding may be secured to the hat by adhesive, stitching, or mechanical fasteners. A chin strap securement system comprising mutually connectable strap-and-buckle assemblies is optionally provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: TWO GUYS AND A HAT INC.
    Inventors: Steve Arthur Copeland, Len Clement, Mitch Thompson
  • Patent number: 9987544
    Abstract: A football helmet comprises a rotatable outer shell, an inner shell and a fastener assembly. The inner shell comprises an upper portion and a lower portion. The rotatable outer shell is of a hollow hemisphere shape. The rotatable outer shell has a cavity to receive the upper portion of the inner shell. An air gap is between the upper portion of the inner shell and the rotatable outer shell. A pre-determined torque is applied to a nut of the fastener assembly so that the nut is loosely tightened to a bolt of the fastener assembly. The rotatable outer shell is in a pogo stick motion when a force is applied to the rotatable outer shell so that the ring rotates along the rim track and an outer shell hole deflects toward an inner shell hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Inventor: John Sodec, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9961952
    Abstract: A helmet for protecting a head of a wearer, such as a hockey, lacrosse, football or other sports player. The helmet may have various features to protect the wearer's head against impacts, such as linear impacts and rotational impacts. For example, pads of the helmet may be movable relative to one another in response to an impact on the helmet. The helmet may comprise a frame comprising a plurality of frame members carrying respective ones of the pads and configured to move relative to one another in response to the impact to allow relative movement of the pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: BAUER HOCKEY, LLC
    Inventor: Jacques Durocher
  • Patent number: 9955745
    Abstract: A helmet having an energy absorbing layer and a sliding facilitator is provided. The sliding facilitator is provided inside of the energy absorbing layer. A method of manufacturing a helmet having a sliding facilitator is further provided. The method includes providing an energy absorbing layer in the mold, and providing a sliding facilitator that contacts the energy absorbing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: MIPS AB
    Inventor: Peter Halldin
  • Patent number: 9949522
    Abstract: A suspension connection arrangement for a suspension system for a safety helmet, the suspension system including at least one strap connected to at least one tab, which is attachable between a headband arrangement and at least one headband slot positioned on an internal surface of the safety helmet. The suspension connection arrangement includes: at least one projection member extending from the at least one tab; and at least one keyhole connected to at least one slot, both extending at least partially through a headband member, wherein the at least one keyhole is configured to at least partially receive the at least one projection member therethrough, such that the at least one projection member is configured to slide along the at least one slot, thereby removably attaching the at least one tab to the headband member. A suspension system and a safety helmet are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: MSA Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin R. Ketterer, John F. Rihn
  • Patent number: 9861152
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for improved helmet having an outer shell with a face mask disposed thereon along with an inner shell so that the outer shell floats without the inner and outer shells separating while maintaining an air gap between the inner shell and the head of a user which prevents direct contact between the helmet and the head or neck of a user. An outer collar closely surrounds the sides and back of the outer shell and is attached to the shoulder pads preventing direct impact to the rear of the outer shell and also much of the area behind the ear of a user. Gel pads are placed between the two helmet shells and the top of the helmet collar and between the shoulder, chest and back pads and the body of the user. A head and neck restraint and third-party neck brace are also shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Rumfelt