Including Helmet-retention Means Patents (Class 2/421)
  • Patent number: 10702002
    Abstract: Strap buckles for headgear can be independently adjusted by single-handed operation while the headgear is worn. To tighten the straps, the wearer pulls a strap buckle toward the chin. The adjustment preferably involves a 1:1 length-adjustment ratio, such that the strap is shortened substantially by the amount the wearer pulls on the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: GENTEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: David C. Rogers, Edward R. Hall
  • Patent number: 10702024
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a buckle for connecting a strap and a respirator harness including the same. In particular, according to one aspect of the present disclosure, a buckle for connecting a strap including a coupler configured to extend from one position, a strap connector at which a strap connecting hole is formed, wherein the strap connecting hole is connected to a strap which is connected to a mask body, and a hooking portion connected to the one position and including a surface configured to face the coupler, wherein a tap of a helmet or a tap of a head cradle is accommodated between the coupler and the hooking portion so that a position thereof is fixed, and a respirator harness including the same are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Jungchul Moon
  • Patent number: 10681951
    Abstract: The invention is intended to protect football players, race car drivers and others. An apparatus that dampens impacts and prevents rapid movement of user's head protected by helmets. Two embodiments are disclosed using piston configuration. In one embodiment, the piston is moving inside a housing filled with a viscoelastic fluid and the other is a locking piston dampener mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventors: Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Mircea Badescu, John Rodney Wright, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10653200
    Abstract: A protective device and method of use includes a collar portion for positioning behind the neck of a wear and a right leg and a left leg connected to the collar portion that extend over the chest of a wearer. The collar portion and legs may be constructed of a single piece. An upwardly extending portion extends upwardly behind the head of a wearer and is movably affixed to the collar portion. A shock absorber has a first end attached to the collar portion and a second end attached to the upwardly extending portion to resist forward motion of the upwardly extending portion. A connector, such as a strap, communicates the upwardly extending portion to a helmet. Therefore, deceleration of the upwardly extending portion and a connected helmet is affected by the shock absorber, thereby mitigating the effects of a sudden deceleration as is often experienced during an auto accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Adam Jacob Burns, Scott Burns
  • Patent number: 10638808
    Abstract: Example implementations relate to providing head and neck support. An example system includes a helmet, a load bearing harness, and a flexible extension coupled between the helmet and the load bearing harness. An activation of a magnetic field proximate the flexible extension causes a ferromagnetic infused medium to transition from a fluid state to a substantially rigid state causing the flexible extension to transition from a flexible state to a rigid state. When the flexible extension is in the rigid state, force applied to the helmet transfers through the flexible extension to the load bearing harness. The system further includes a sensor configured to detect an event. Particularly, the sensor causes the activation of the magnetic field proximate the flexible extension in response to detecting the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Donald F. Wilkins, Joshua Lee Downs, Ronald H. Berzins
  • Patent number: 10624407
    Abstract: A pad assembly is provided for use with a protective sports helmet in a contact sport, the helmet having an opening. The pad assembly includes a pad member within a pad housing, and a retainer having a projection that fits within the helmet opening. The pad assembly also includes a cap detachably coupled to the retainer, the cap including a base portion that fits within the helmet opening and a flange portion that fits within a countersunk recess disposed around the helmet opening, the cap detachably receiving the projection of the retainer. A protective sports helmet having a pad assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph J. Infusino, Vittorio Bologna, Thad M. Ide
  • Patent number: 10627862
    Abstract: A heat sink for electronic devices, such as wearable displays, dissipates heat away from and electrical component, such as a microprocessor. An adjustable support assembly permits adjustment of a visual display relative to a user's field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Guy A Mascaro, Mark Gamache, Matthew Kevin Walsh
  • Patent number: 10588374
    Abstract: A helmet harness with a lace tightening system is disclosed. The helmet harness is configured to be secured to the inside of a helmet shell. The harness includes a lace tensioning system and lace guides for distributing forces arising from tension in the laces to provide a secure and comfortable and adjustable fit. An inner frame and an outer frame are connected by cam slides at their extremities to even out tension applied circumferentially and tension applied over wearer's head, and to absorb rotational forces applied to a helmet shell in which the harness is secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Brad W. Maloney
  • Patent number: 10568377
    Abstract: A protective helmet includes an outer shell, an inner liner provided within the shell, a chinstrap coupled to the shell including a chin cup adapted to contact and protect the wearer's chin, and decoupling means that decouple the shell from the chin cup to enable the shell to rotate relative to the head when the helmet is worn and the chinstrap is securely fastened about the chin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: The UAB REASEARCH FOUNDATION INC.
    Inventor: Dean Sicking
  • Patent number: 10555575
    Abstract: The invention includes a protective headpiece and components thereof and methods for their use. Preferred examples comprise a helmet component, a plurality of piers joining said helmet component to a shoulder pad component and an inner hat component permitting the wearer the ability to move the head from side to side and/or up and down within the helmet component without moving the helmet component. The helmet component may comprise a plurality of fluid-filled floating plates or floats on the inner surface thereof to cushion the head against impact during activities including, for example, football, race car driving, military activities and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: William Popejoy
  • Patent number: 10512294
    Abstract: An impact awareness device (IAD) may include an impact switch configured to transition from an open-circuit state to a close-circuit state when a force is exerted on the IAD in a first direction and exceeds a force threshold. The IAD may further include a headliner configured to couple with a protective headgear. The headliner may include a flexible band comprising one or more substrates configured to conform to a headband of the protective headgear, and an electronic circuit coupled to the flexible band and electrically coupled to the switch and wherein when the force threshold is exceeded the electronic circuit transmits an indication signal to provide an indication of the likelihood of a head and a vertebral column injuries when the indicator signal is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: RLF Industries LLC
    Inventor: Ricardo Lewis de la Fuente
  • Patent number: 10509438
    Abstract: A removable counter-balance accessory may include a cranial brace that rests against the back of a user's head when the user is wearing a head-mounted display on the user's face. The removable counter-balance accessory may also include an insert that fits in an opening formed by a strap that wraps around the back of the user's head to hold the head-mounted display on the user's face and secures the cranial brace to the strap at the back of the user's head. The removeable counter-balance accessory may further include at least one weight that applies, in connection with the cranial brace at the back of the user's head, a force that at least partially counter-balances the weight of the head-mounted display on the user's face. Various other counter-balance accessories, head-mounted-display systems, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Lesley Ribble Magrath
  • Patent number: 10492559
    Abstract: A helmet comprising a helmet body and a chin bar is disclosed. The helmet body comprises an opening and two attachment anchors located opposite each other proximate a leading edge of the opening. Each attachment anchor comprises a pivot socket and a lock support. The chin bar comprises two opposing ends, each releasably coupled to a different attachment anchor. Each end of the chin bar comprises a locking mechanism engaged with a lock support of a different attachment anchor, and a pivot arm releasably and pivotally coupled to the pivot socket of the different attachment anchor. The chin bar is pivotable between a first angle and a second angle with respect to the helmet body, and the pivot arms are releasable from the pivot sockets of the helmet body while the locking mechanisms of the chin bar are disengaged from the lock supports of the helmet body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Kele, David M. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10485282
    Abstract: A connector including: first part designed to be connected to crown of protective helmet, second part designed to be connected to crown of protective helmet and fitted in removable manner on first part, connecting part mechanically connecting first part and second part so as to form first mechanical connection, movable part moving between first and second positions and configured: to prevent first and second parts from coming detached from one another when the parts are subjected to first threshold tensile force, when movable part is in first position, to enable first and second parts to be detached from one another when the parts are subjected to second threshold tensile force lower than that of first threshold tensile force, when movable part is in second position. The invention also relates to protective helmet provided with one such connector, as well as to an assembly method of such connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: ZEDEL
    Inventor: Antoine Coursimault
  • Patent number: 10474875
    Abstract: Image analysis for facial evaluation is performed using logic encoded in a semiconductor processor. The semiconductor chip analyzes video images that are captured using one or more cameras and evaluates the videos to identify one or more persons in the videos. When a person is identified, the semiconductor chip locates the face of the evaluated person in the video. Facial regions of interest are extracted and differences in the regions of interest in the face are identified. The semiconductor chip uses classifiers to map facial regions for emotional response content and evaluate the emotional response content to produce an emotion score. The classifiers provide gender, age, or ethnicity with an associated probability. Localization logic within the chip is used to localize a second face when one is evaluated in the video. The one or more faces are tracked, and identifiers for the faces are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Affectiva, Inc.
    Inventors: Boisy G Pitre, Rana el Kaliouby, Panu James Turcot
  • Patent number: 10448684
    Abstract: A protective head support assembly, including a helmet having one or more sensors, a vest, at least one stabilizer tube filled with a fluid, including a first end connected to the helmet, and a second end connected to the vest, and a transducer arranged to receive a signal from the one or more sensors and introduce a magnetic field to the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Loubert S. Suddaby
  • Patent number: 10426213
    Abstract: A total contact helmet, including a body that is customizable to an individual's head and having force distribution means for distributing the force of an impact to a large surface area of the body. A total contact helmet insert, including a body that is customizable to an individual's head and having force distribution means for distributing the force of an impact to a large surface area of the body, the total contact helmet insert being insertable under an existing helmet or as an inner shell as part of an existing helmet. A method of protecting the head of a user by the user wearing the total contact helmet, and when receiving an outside impacting force to the total contact helmet, distributing the force of impact over the surface area of the total contact helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Kranos IP Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen Craig Hyman
  • Patent number: 10391382
    Abstract: A head and neck restraint device for high performance race car drivers. The device includes a yoke, a collar and a pair of legs. The yoke and/or collar are adapted to pivotably articulate with respect to the legs. At least a portion of each leg can flex in response to force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: SCHROTH SAFETY PRODUCTS GMBH
    Inventors: Mark Anthony Stiles, Donald Thomas Myers
  • Patent number: 10327495
    Abstract: The disclosure provides embodiments for potentially reducing and/or preventing head trauma. Headgear apparatuses comprise a head-protection component configured to be worn over a head and to protect the head from an external force. In certain embodiments, the headgear apparatus has an effective mass of at least 5 kg. In other embodiments, the head-protection component is a form-fitting structure, wherein a maximum distance the head-protection component extends from an exterior surface of the head is less than 5 cm. The head-protection component may be interconnected with a neck support and a body support, wherein the head-protection component, the neck support, and the body support comprise a single structure made of a semi-flexible foam material coated in a latex or vinyl composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Jason Thalken
  • Patent number: 10292446
    Abstract: Whiplash reduction systems and devices and methods to use the same. In an embodiment of a system of the present disclosure, the system comprises a front anchor strap coupled directly or indirectly to a headgear; a top anchor coupled to the front anchor strap, the top anchor having a connector coupled thereto, the connector configured to connect to at least one rear strap; a first retainer configured to fit within apertures defined within the headgear and to wrap around at least part of the headgear and at least part of the front anchor strap to secure the front anchor strap to the headgear at or near the apertures; and a plate having a central portion defining a recessed portion and further having a first side portion and a second side portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Larry E. Jinkins
  • Patent number: 10219577
    Abstract: In accordance with the teachings of the present invention, an integrated fit and retention system is provided. In a particular embodiment of the present invention, the integrated fit and retention system includes a first rigid strap and a second rigid strap, each having a first end and a second end. The first end of each rigid strap is coupled to a helmet body proximate a front of the helmet body, and the second end of each rigid strap is coupled to the helmet body proximate a rear of the helmet body. The integrated fit and retention system also includes a chin strap operable to couple the first and second rigid straps beneath a chin of a wearer. In particular embodiments, the integrated fit and retention system may further include a fit strap coupling the first and second rigid straps, that may be configured to sit below an occipital lobe of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Hilgard N. Muller
  • Patent number: 10111485
    Abstract: A motion restrictor device is operable to be worn with a protective helmet to reduce the risk of head or spine injury caused by injurious movement of the helmet. The device includes a helmet-engaging component supported on a harness. The component presents helmet-engagement surfaces positioned on opposite sides of the neck of the user. The component is operable to yieldably bias each of the helmet-engagement surfaces toward the helmet when the device is worn, such that contact with the helmet is maintained as the helmet-engagement surface shifts through a range of motion. The device also includes a brake assembly that restricts shifting of at least one of the helmet-engagement surfaces in response to injurious movement of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Scott W. Nagely
  • Patent number: 10098404
    Abstract: A helmet comprised of a hard outer shell, a compressible liner in contact with an inner surface of the hard outer shell, and a comfort liner in contact with an inner surface of the compressible liner. The damping hole is defined longitudinally along a longitudinal axis through the hard outer shell, the compressible liner, and the comfort liner. The helmet also includes a pendulum damping system disposed in the damping hole and extending longitudinally from the outer shell to the comfort liner. The pendulum damping system has a pendulum mass that is laterally displaceable within the damping hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Strategic Sports Limited
    Inventor: Donald Edward Morgan
  • Patent number: 10098403
    Abstract: In one aspect, a split forehead strap of headgear is provided. In one aspect, a headgear for engaging and supporting protective headwear on a wearer's head is provided. The headgear includes a first side member on a first side of the headgear, a second side member on a second side of the headgear, and a forehead strap coupled to and extending between the first and second side members. The forehead strap is configured to engage a wearer's forehead with the headgear worn by a wearer. The forehead strap includes an upper member and a lower member spaced-apart from the upper member along at least a portion of the lower member to provide a cavity between the upper and lower member. In one aspect, a protective headwear is provided and includes a forehead strap defining a longitudinally extending cavity that alters in thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventors: Eric T. Sommers, Nishank R. Patel, Samuel B. Petre
  • Patent number: 10031340
    Abstract: A head mounted device includes a virtual reality helmet, a control section, a transmission line and a head band portion. The head band portion includes a rotatable head band detachably positioned on the virtual reality helmet via a connection mechanism including a catching connection portion and a fixing portion having a main body portion. The catching connection portion is mounted in a counterbore of the rotatable head band and includes a catching fixture, two catching halves, a push button and a first elastic part. A driving portion of the bush button moves upward vertically and drives the action of the two driven portions of two catching halves to open or close two catching portions of the catching halves transversely, and thus perform the connection or detachment with the caught portion on the main body portion of the fixing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: BEIJING PICO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yi Lai, Guanghui Liu
  • Patent number: 10016009
    Abstract: A safety line assembly is a lightweight retractable cord on a reel having a first and a second biasing spring-clip for attaching a hard hat to a user's safety harness when working above the ground to prevent the hard had from accidently striking an individual or object below the user if the hard hat unintentionally falls off of the head of the user. The first biasing spring clip is attached to the reel housing via the first cord. The second cord attaches to the retractable reel within the housing for the reel and extends exteriorly of the housing to attach to the second biasing spring-clip. The retractable reel keeps the second cord wound onto the reel only releasing enough slack to allow free movement of the user's head eliminating additional slack to prevent entanglement of the cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Colin Bacchus
  • Patent number: 9867413
    Abstract: A helmet supported by a vertical extension, extending from the rear-center of the helmet to the rear-center of shoulder pads or shoulder harness. The fixed in-place helmet is supported above the wearer's head, without relying upon the wearer for support, and permits the wearer to move his head in all directions. Shock absorbing material is provided between a portion of the space between the top of the head and the inside of the helmet, leaving sufficient room for head motion. The vertical extension resists elongation or compression along the vertical axis when impacted, but undergo flexure displacement in any lateral direction, followed by shape recovery after impact. The vertical extension may be adjustably attached to either the helmet or the shoulder pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventors: Joshua A Blecherman, Sol Blecherman
  • Patent number: 9848666
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a retrofit sensor module for use with a protective head top with a helmet and a visor. The sensor module includes a sensor housing and an attachment mechanism. The sensor housing encloses a head presence sensor to sense when the protective head top is being worn. The sensor housing also encloses a position sensor to sense the position of the visor relative to the helmet. The retrofit sensor module further comprises an attachment mechanism secured to the housing. The attachment mechanism mates with a first hinge component of a hinge assembly in the protective head top to removably install the sensor module into the protective head top, wherein the hinge assembly allows the visor to move relative to the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Marc A. Egeland, Steven T. Awiszus, Charles P. Jents, Benjamin A. Johnson, Kiran S. Kanukurthy, James E. Nash, Milo G. Oien-Rochat
  • Patent number: 9844238
    Abstract: An attachment system for a helmet, the system having a buckle and a stud. The stud has an engaging portion and the buckle extends along a longitudinal axis and has first and second slots for receiving an adjustable strap and a rim defining a housing having an opening for receiving the engaging portion, the housing opening extending in a direction that is transversal to the longitudinal axis of the buckle. The rim is configured to allow sliding engagement with the engaging portion in a direction that is transversal to the longitudinal axis of the buckle between a first position wherein a section of the rim retains the engaging portion in the rim housing for locking the buckle into the stud and a second position wherein the engaging portion is no longer retained in the rim housing for releasing the buckle from the stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: BAUER HOCKEY, LLC
    Inventors: Glen Lemoine, Charles-Antoine Desrochers, David Rudd
  • Patent number: 9756889
    Abstract: A chin strap assembly is provided for use with a sports helmet. The chin strap assembly includes an inner pad member, a strap assembly and an outer protective member. The outer protective member is connected and released from the strap assembly by an attachment member, such as a post. A sports helmet with the chin strap assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph Infusino, Nelson Kraemer, Vittorio Bologna
  • Patent number: 9737107
    Abstract: A headgear for a head safety product such as a face shield, hardhat or welding helmet includes a headband with hangers extending therefrom to engage the head safety product being worn, at least one crown strap engaged with the headband to support the headgear over the wearer's head and a self-adjusting elastomeric nape belt configured to extend over the occipital portions of the wearer's head. The elastomeric nape belt depends from symmetric rear strap extensions of the headband and is configured to elastically self-adjust to the occipital area of the wearer's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jianyou Xiong, Joseph Rodrigues, Oliver Li, Jie Zhu
  • Patent number: 9681697
    Abstract: A helmet includes the first pad in contact with an occipital region of a rider, and each of the second pads in contact with the cheeks of the rider. Since the first pad moves from the first occipital region-contact position to the second occipital region-contact position as well as the second pad moves from the first cheek-contact position to the second cheek-contact position, the helmet is moved relative to the rider's head by a predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: SHOEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9661891
    Abstract: Helmet systems and their methods of use are described. In one embodiment, an opaque, ballistic rated visor is attached to a helmet such that the visor covers a wearer's eyes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Revision Military S.a.r.L.
    Inventors: Brian Dowling, Edward R. Hall
  • Patent number: 9622532
    Abstract: A protective sports helmet that includes a chin strap system that allows for rapid, one-handed adjustment of a chin strap assembly by the player while he/she is wearing the helmet is provided. The chin strap assembly includes a protective chin cup and a pair of straps extending from opposed sides of the chin cup and having a plurality of securing elements. The assembly also includes a pair of adjustable connectors affixed to the helmet and that include a central opening that receives an extent of the strap and a lever that engages a portion of the securing elements. The adjustable connector allows movement of the strap in a first direction, and prevents movement of the strap in a second direction when the lever is engaged with at least one of the securing elements. The adjustable connector allows movement of the strap in both the first and second directions when the lever is not engaged with the securing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Tryner, Vittorio Bologna
  • Patent number: 9603405
    Abstract: A helmet features a fixed length vertical extension, originating at the rear-bottom-center of the helmet, with height adjustable features at the bottom of the extension, connected to a fixed bracket, at the rear-top-center of current state-of-the-art shoulder pads or shoulder harness. The fixed In-place helmet is located above the head, without contact, and permits the wearer to move his head in all directions. A shock absorbing cap is worn and fills a portion of the space between the top of the head cap and the inside of the helmet, leaving sufficient room for head motion. There are no moving parts in the assembled system. The vertical helmet extension when attached to the shoulder pad bracket will resist elongation or compression along the vertical axis when impacted, but undergo flexure displacement in any lateral direction, followed by shape recovery after impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventors: Joshua A. Blecherman, Sol S. Blecherman
  • Patent number: 9603404
    Abstract: A helmet system has a restraint feature for deterring neck injuries that includes a helmet having an attachment member at the rear of the helmet and a tether coupled to the attachment member at the rear of the helmet. The tether couples the helmet to a part of the body of a user in order to limit movement of the helmet. A safety feature for use with a helmet in order to deter neck injuries includes a tether having a first connector at one end for fixedly mating with a helmet and a second connector at the other end for mating with a part of a body of a user. The tether is positionable in the rear neck area of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Tim M. Pocatko
  • Patent number: 9565886
    Abstract: A head protection system includes an elastomeric cap configured to be held in a position relative to a crown of the head of the wearer. A torus-shaped cushioning chamber is positioned between an outer surface of the elastomeric cap and the head of the wearer. A plurality of cage slats extend from the elastomeric cap between the elastomeric cap in a position relative to the crown of the head of the wearer and protect the head of the wearer from impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Gregory Francis Bird
  • Patent number: 9511272
    Abstract: A helmet for baseball pitchers and fielders includes features to protect a player's head and face from being struck by a batted ball. The helmet optionally includes side protection, which may include cheek, jaw, temple, or chin protection. The helmet also may optionally include a face mask. The helmet may be used in lacrosse and other sports, as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: EASTON BASEBALL/SOFTBALL INC.
    Inventors: Mike Lowe, Chris Bullock, Donald Erickson
  • Patent number: 9474357
    Abstract: The invention uses a strap to provide a way to associate a first item with a second item. The first item may be, for example, a high chair and the second a toy. The strap is provided with two sets of openings one near each end of the strap, and a tab, post, “T” or other shape near each end of the strap. The shape is inserted through one of the openings and is secured there by its shape, the shape of the opening, and the material with which that portion of the strap is made. The strap is made of nontoxic material and at least in part of material that is flexible and resilient, having a durometer reading of between about 40 and 60 Shore A. The strap may be equipped with at least one breakaway point, usually set for a breakaway pressure between about 3 and 7 pounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Lil' Sidekick, Inc.
    Inventor: Amy Vohs
  • Patent number: 9462841
    Abstract: The invention includes a protective headpiece and components thereof and methods for their use. Preferred examples comprise a helmet component, a plurality of piers joining said helmet component to a shoulder pad component and an inner hat component permitting the wearer the ability to move the head from side to side and/or up and down within the helmet component without moving the helmet component. The helmet component may comprise a plurality of fluid-filled floating plates or floats on the inner surface thereof to cushion the head against impact during activities including, for example, football, race car driving, military activities and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: William Popejoy
  • Patent number: 9427039
    Abstract: Systems and methods for communicating helmet usage information during operation of an activity device are provided. One example aspect of the present disclosure is directed to a system for communicating helmet usage and includes one or more position sensors, one or more activity sensors and one or more computing devices. The one or more position sensors can be configured to be positioned on a helmet, to detect placement of the helmet on a user's head and to transmit signals indicative of such placement. The one or more activity sensors can be configured to be positioned on an activity device, to detect operational indicators relative to the usage of the activity device and to transmit signals indicative of such operational indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Katelyn Eustace
  • Patent number: 9372139
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed that includes a frame, an impact delivery unit for delivering an impact force and at least one head form. The head form is adapted to be mounted to the frame such that the impact delivery unit can deliver an impact force to a designated location on the head form. The head form is configured to have a helmet installed thereon. The head form is selectively rotatable about each of a plurality of different axes of rotation, wherein movement of the head form is constrained to be able to move only in rotation and in rotation about only one axis of rotation of the plurality of axes at any time. A measuring system provides an indicator of the rotational acceleration of the head form when rotated about each of the plurality of axes. Also disclosed are methods for comparing the degree of protection afforded by first and second helmets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventors: Mihaly Kis, Jr., Mihaly Kis, Sr., Fraser Worden Saunders, Martin William Ten Hove
  • Patent number: 9372533
    Abstract: An illustrative embodiment of a facial movement measurement and stimulation apparatus includes at least one facial movement sensor adapted to sense facial movement in a subject and a wearable computing device interfacing with the facial movement sensor or sensors and adapted to receive at least one signal from the facial movement sensor or sensors and indicate facial movement of the subject on a display of the wearable computing device. A facial movement measurement and stimulation method utilizing the wearable computing device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Mark Agrama
  • Patent number: 9345281
    Abstract: A chin guard assembly that includes a shell having an outer and inner surface, an outer peripheral edge extending around the shell, and a first and second end. The first and second ends each having at least one slot configured to receive a strap with each strap extending through the at least one slot and outwardly from each end, wherein one strap is fixed to the shell at the first end and one strap is fixed to the shell at the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: Paul Schiebl
  • Patent number: 9307802
    Abstract: Suspension systems for helmet assemblies provide enhanced stability and adjustability for installation in helmets across different platforms. A suspension system may include an upward stabilizing member extending from a support portion of the suspension system and a pivotally attached downward stabilizing member. The pivotal attachment between upward and downward stabilizing members allows the suspension to be appropriately incorporated into helmets that are subject to manufacturing and specification variability, while still providing flexibility for fit adjustments to the suspension system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Revision Military S.a.r.L.
    Inventor: Edward R. Hall
  • Patent number: 9243872
    Abstract: A ballistic armored component attaches to the existing retention straps of common combat helmets and provides protection to the otherwise exposed lower skull and upper neck region. A fabric covering contains a soft armor or hard armor insert, and is mounted by straps or other fasteners to existing straps found in conventional helmets. The armor component may be fabric of aramid fibers, or fabric of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene fibers, or may be fabricated of a rigid plate of ceramic, polymer, or metal. The armored component adds additional protection from ground-level or subterranean munitions, by placing a ballistic shape on the lower skull region (occipital region), providing significant additional ballistic coverage with minimal weight and bulk. The fabric shell may also be connected directly to the helmet shell, to allow the component to withdraw within the helmet when the wearer's neck is flexed rearwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: LineWeight LLC
    Inventors: Caleb Clark Crye, Eric Owen Fehlberg, Gregg M. Thompson
  • Patent number: 9095182
    Abstract: A strap cover as a tubular sleeve formed of a laminated bilayer material having an elastomeric inner layer and a non-abrasive outer layer. The laminated bilayer material is affixed along opposite edges to form the laminated bilayer material into a tubular sleeve having a longitudinal seam formed by the affixed opposite edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Robert S. Rochholz
  • Patent number: 9072332
    Abstract: A helmet grille for a sport helmet having a shell and an inner shock absorbing arrangement, the helmet grille including at least one elongate grille member extending from a rear helmet portion forwardly operatively along a first side of a wearer's face, across a front of the wearer's face, and rearwardly towards the rear helmet portion, substantially to extend at least partially around a wearer's head, and at least one attachment formation attached to at least one end of the at least one elongate grille member and attachable to any one of the shell and the inner shock absorbing arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Barend Hendrik De Harde
  • Patent number: 9072328
    Abstract: A hinge mechanism for attaching ear accessories to a helmet allows an accessory to be attached at a point outside the helmet shell utilizing, for example, a slidable mounting rail, and to reach under the edge of the helmet shell so that the accessory is supported in contact with the wearer's head. The hinge mechanism is well suited for use in connection with military helmets that have a “bulge” or protrusion over the ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: ARTISENT, LLC
    Inventors: David Charles Rogers, Charles H. Rogers, Darwin Keith-Lucas
  • Patent number: 9070269
    Abstract: An impact sensing device including a plurality of accelerometers orthogonally oriented with respect to each other and attachable at a body location, each capable of producing signals indicative of impacts. An integrated circuit is configured to determine the magnitude and direction of the impacts based on the signals and operative to activate an indicator when the magnitude exceeds a first threshold based on the direction of the impact and when the magnitude exceeds a second threshold more than a selected number of times. A head injury coefficient is determined based on the magnitude and a duration of the impact, and the threshold level of acceleration is expressed in terms of a head injury coefficient value, which is determined by empirically correlating a head injury coefficient measured at the body location and a head injury coefficient measured at the center of mass of a human head resulting from an impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Battle Sports Science, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey M. Evans, Christopher W. Circo