With Article-attaching Means Patents (Class 2/422)
  • Patent number: 11134658
    Abstract: A wearable animal feeder, and methods of making and using such a wearable animal feeder, whereby the wearable animal feeder includes a face shield having opposing face shield upper and lower portions, and opposing face shield front and rear faces; and a reservoir having a reservoir outlet coupled to the face shield lower portion, whereby the reservoir outlet outwardly extends from the face shield front face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: HummViewer, LLC
    Inventor: John Thomas Creed
  • Patent number: 11116270
    Abstract: A suspension band assembly to be used to support a hard hat on a head of a user. The suspension band assembly includes a primary support loop to receive the head of the user therein. An electronic peripheral is fixedly secured to the primary support loop. An attachment strap extends out from the primary support loop to a strap distal end. An anchor is fixedly secured to the strap distal end for securing the attachment strap to the hard hat. An electrical anchor contact is fixedly secured to the anchor to provide an electrical connection between the hard hat and the electronic peripheral located on the primary support loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: Guardhat, Inc.
    Inventors: Mikhail Zhavoronkov, Senni Perumal, Saikat Dey
  • Patent number: 11067827
    Abstract: A system is provided to secure a pair of glasses to a hat, the system including a hatband insert configured to be inserted in a hatband of a hat, one or more hatband magnetic members configured to be selectively attachable to a plurality of locations of the hatband insert, and one or more glasses magnetic members configured to be attached to each temple of a pair of glasses, wherein the one or more hatband magnetic members and the one or more glasses magnetic members are configured to be magnetically attached to selectively secure the glasses to the hat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Joseph Michael Masters
  • Patent number: 11045356
    Abstract: The present application relates to a welding helmet comprising a helmet housing and a head cover adapted to be worn on a wearer's head and made of an air-impermeable and flexible material, wherein a zipper arrangement is provided between the helmet housing and the head cover to detachably connect the head cover to the helmet housing around the whole perimeter of an opening of the helmet housing, and wherein after the head cover is connected to the helmet housing, the zipper arrangement is located within the housing of the welding helmet. The present application also relates to an assembly having the welding helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Tecmen Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ziqian Wu
  • Patent number: 11039652
    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: January 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    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: 11026468
    Abstract: A helmet assembly having a helmet, a mandible guard, and an accessory attachment system that is used to selectively attach and secure the mandible guard to the helmet is disclosed. In some embodiments, the mandible guard is arranged to be detached from a first side of the helmet while remaining secured to a second side of the helmet. In such embodiments, the mandible guard may be moved outwardly and away from a wearer as the mandible guard pivots around the accessory attachment system attached to the second side of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Galvion Ltd.
    Inventors: Edward R. Hall, Pierre-Luc Lussier, Nicolas Desjardins, Stéphane Lebel, Dominic Giroux Bernier
  • Patent number: 10935537
    Abstract: A Soil Moisture and Electrical Conductivity Probe. The soil moisture probe employs brass ring pairs, wherein each pair incorporates dual feedpoints. There is a single main control circuit for operating the plurality of sensor ring pairs in a multiplexed approach. In order to allow for multiplexed operation, each sensor ring pair includes a signal tuning assembly. The signal tuning assembly includes apparatus for attenuating the signal noise at each sensor ring pair, as well as apparatus for matching the ring-pair to ring-pair lead impedence. The temperature of each ring pair is individually detected to improve the accuracy of all of the sensor ring pairs. This temperature sensing is accomplished by multiplexing a single reference voltage with all of the sensor rings, and by implementing a thermistor at each sensor ring pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: AQUASPY, INC.
    Inventors: Erkka Sointula, Peter Ellegaard
  • Patent number: 10928052
    Abstract: A hands-free headlamp system for an item of headwear, the hands-free headlamp system including: a housing including headwear fastener, the headwear fastener configured to attach to the item of headwear an energy storage affixed to the housing; a light source mechanically coupled to the housing and electrically coupled to the energy storage; a motion sensor mechanically coupled to the housing and electrically coupled to the energy storage, the motion sensor configured to detect hand motion of a user; a controller mechanically coupled to the housing, electrically coupled to the energy storage, and communicably coupled to the motion sensor, the controller configured to operate the light source in response to detected hand motions of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Rita Ayala, Santiago Ayala
  • Patent number: 10924857
    Abstract: Disclosed is a portable earphone device. The device comprises: a neckline earphone, comprising a voice module and a first wireless communication module communicationally connected to the voice module; and a neckband, comprising a second wireless communication module, a network connection module, and a processor, both the second wireless communication module and the network connection module being communicationally connected to the processor; the first wireless communication module being communicationally connected to the second wireless communication module; the neckline earphone being detachably accommodated in the neckband to constitute a neckband earphone. The device can be individually used as a neckline earphone and can be used as a neckband earphone in an accommodation state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: GOERTEK. INC
    Inventors: Jiangtao Xu, Shoubiao Deng, Tao Fan
  • Patent number: 10915141
    Abstract: A headband adjusting device includes a mounting base including an internal ratchet, a linkage mounted on the mounting base. The linkage includes a transmission member and an elastic position limiting member configured to abut against a tooth of the internal ratchet. The headband adjusting device also includes a thumbwheel connected with the linkage and configured to cause the linkage to rotate, the thumbwheel including a disengaging member corresponding to the position limiting member. When the thumbwheel rotates in a first direction, the disengaging member abuts against the position limiting member to unlock the internal ratchet. When the thumbwheel rotates in a second direction, the position limiting member rotates while contacting the internal ratchet. The headband adjusting device further includes a transmission mechanism coupled with the transmission member. The linkage is configured to drive the transmission mechanism, which drives a headband to extend or retract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shaojun Yan
  • Patent number: 10897805
    Abstract: A method of synchronizing flashing of a plurality of marker systems includes within each marker system of the plurality of marker systems, receiving a signal from at least one global positioning satellite, the signal comprising a time value. Then, when initiating illumination of at least one light emitting device of the marker systems, synchronizing of the initiating illumination to the time value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: ARCACHON HOLDINGS LLC
    Inventors: Gary Leegate, Marcia Baldwin
  • Patent number: 10876901
    Abstract: A decoupling radiant and convective heat sensing device having sensor elements facing in different directions, and a decoupling radiant and convective heat sensing device having sensor elements facing in different directions with a means for determining the remaining time before a Self Contained Breathing Apparatus facemask will become compromised by dangerous heat conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: TDA Research, Inc
    Inventors: Girish Srinivas, Michael Karpuk, Steven Gebhard, Joe Fredrickson, Andrew D. Galloway
  • Patent number: 10848691
    Abstract: A system is proposed for observing nocturnal activities and temperature variation of a living target during daytime. The system includes an observation box, an imaging device, and a near infrared (NIR) source unit. The observation box allows passage of near infrared, blocks passage of visible light, and contains and covers the living target. The imaging device includes a first image capturing module to capture a thermal image of the observation box using far infrared, and a second image capturing module to capture an image of the observation box using visible light and of the living target using near infrared. The NIR source unit projects near infrared toward the observation box for enhancing near infrared reflected by the living target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Chi-Sheng Hsieh, Pao-Chyuan Chen
  • Patent number: 10848751
    Abstract: A device is configured to adjust interpupillary distance in a HMD. The device include a fixed plate, a button assembly, a spring, and a gear. The spring biases the button assembly towards the fixed plate to prevent movement of the button assembly. A button of the button assembly can be pressed beyond a threshold distance to disengage the button assembly and the fixed plate. Consequently, the button assembly can be moved relative to the fixed plate. The gear meshes with a gear rack of the button assembly and is associated with two display assemblies of the HMD. The movement of the button assembly drives the gear to rotate. The rotation of the gear causes the two display assemblies of the HMD to move in opposite directions. The movement of one of the display assemblies relative to the other display assembly adjusts interpupillary distance in the HMD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robin Michael Miller, Mark Alan Tempel
  • Patent number: 10827927
    Abstract: A method controls an alert indicator on a helmet. A physiological sensor and an accelerometer sensor in the helmet monitor a wearer of the helmet. A human observer subjectively detects that the wearer of the helmet is showing signs of an impaired cognitive state, and sends a signal/marker that marks a point in the sensor readings that the impaired cognitive state manifested itself. A subsequent series of sensor readings from the physiological and accelerometer sensors are taken at a later time. If this subsequent series of sensor readings matches the earlier sensor readings up to the point that the human observer subjectively detected the helmet wearer's impaired cognitive state, then an alert indicator is activated on the helmet, warning the wearer of the helmet of an impending recurrence of the impaired cognitive state for the wearer of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, Jill S. Dhillon, Rick A. Hamilton, II, James R. Kozloski
  • Patent number: 10786029
    Abstract: A helmet including a lighting system integrated into said helmet, the lighting system comprising a first layer; light emitting means mounted to said first layer; controller means mounted to said first layer for controlling said light emitting means; wiring means for linking said light emitting means to said controller means; a second layer fixably attached to said first layer thereby providing an area between said first and second layer for said light emitting means, controller means, and wiring means; power means fixably attached to said second layer for powering said controller and light emitting means; and operating means functionally linked to said controller means for operating said controller means. The application also discloses lighting system contained in a shell that that can be attached to an existing helmet. This application also discloses a lighting system contained in a flexible material that can be fitted onto an existing helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventor: Vernon Lombard
  • Patent number: 10778272
    Abstract: The invention relates to a microphone holder for attachment to the housing of a radio device, which is provided with a rod antenna joined thereto, wherein the microphone holder is embodied as a clip, which can be placed on the radio device housing and which surrounds the rod antenna, and includes a receiving pocket for the microphone, a sleeve for receiving the rod antenna, and a clamp for firmly clamping the microphone holder to the radio device housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Inventor: Wolfgang Held
  • Patent number: 10765164
    Abstract: Systems and methods for attaching an accessory to a helmet. A helmet accessory mounting interface may be attached to a receptacle. The receptacle may be removably or permanently received by a carrier. The carrier may be attached to a helmet having a particular shape and size. The carrier also may be configured to receive any selected type of a plurality of receptacle types which, in turn, corresponds to a particular mounting interface for a helmet accessory. The receptacle may be receivable, in some embodiments removably, by any one of a number of different types of carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Galvion Ltd.
    Inventors: Dominic Giroux Bernier, Stéphane Lebel, Marie-Pierre Gendron
  • Patent number: 10746351
    Abstract: A head-mounted-display strap assembly may include a flexible lining member having (1) a head-contact layer positioned to abut a head portion of a user, (2) a mounting layer overlapping the head-contact layer, the mounting layer defining a wiring channel, and (3) a mesh layer disposed between the head-contact layer and the mounting layer such that a portion of the mesh layer overlaps the wiring channel. A method may include (1) attaching a head-contact layer for a head-mounted-display strap assembly to a mesh layer and (2) attaching a mounting layer to the mesh layer such that the mesh layer is disposed between the head-contact layer and the mounting layer the mounting layer defining a wiring channel, and a portion of the mesh layer overlapping the wiring channel. Various other head-mounted-display strap assemblies, head-mounted-display systems, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Shane Michael Ellis, Lesley Ribble Magrath
  • Patent number: 10685431
    Abstract: Methods for quantifying pupil swim are disclosed in order to compensate for the same. A target image, in one embodiment, is displayed on a display of a head mounted display (HMD). Images of the target image are captured from a plurality of positions relative to an optical axis of an optics block of the HMD at an exit pupil of the HMD. The target image includes features and differences between observed locations of the features and their expected locations absent the optics block are determined. From these differences, a wavefront of the optics block is reconstructed and distortion corrections for the optics block are generated using the wavefront. The distortion corrections, when applied to a virtual scene, add pre-distortion that is canceled by the optical imperfections of the optics block as light of the virtual scene with the pre-distortion passes through the optics block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ying Geng, Stephen James McNally, Brett Joseph Bryars, Scott Charles McEldowney, Alexander Jobe Fix, Douglas Robert Lanman
  • Patent number: 10674258
    Abstract: There is provided a voice processing system capable of acquiring user voice more clearly, the voice processing system including: a mounting unit configured to be attached to a user. The mounting unit includes at least three voice acquisition units configured to acquire voice data for beamforming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Sekiya, Hideto Mori, Makoto Hanyuda, Yu Togasaki, Yuya Hirano
  • Patent number: 10663729
    Abstract: A head-mounted display (HMD) system includes an HMD device wearable upon a head of a user, and a peripheral device that is dockable with the HMD device. The peripheral device comprises a plurality of light source elements disposed along a perimeter of a face of the peripheral device and a peripheral electronic control system. The peripheral electronic control system is configured to form an optically detectable light pattern with the plurality of light source elements by controlling each of the light source elements. The HMD device is configured to detect the optically detectable light pattern with a camera and to display an augmented reality (AR) content based on the identified optically detectable light pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: DAQRI, LLC
    Inventors: Lucas Kazansky, Christopher Michaels Garcia, Michael Kozlowski, Xuan Wang, Bernhard Jung, Matthias Kalkgruber, Daniel Wagner
  • Patent number: 10624404
    Abstract: A helmet is provided that comprises a contoured external surface; a controller positioned on the contoured external surface; one or more channels embedded within the contoured external surface and defining two or more elongate pathways travelling over at least a portion of the contoured external surface; at least one electroluminescent (EL) wire located within and extending along at least a portion of the one or more channels, the EL wire being further selectively electrically connected to the controller; and a plurality of pairs of retaining elements periodically positioned adjacent the one or more channels. Each retaining element within each pair is located on an opposing side of the one or more channels, and an opening defined between a portion of each of the plurality of pairs of retaining elements has a dimension less than a diameter of the EL wire. Associated method and computer program product are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Dana Ruth Weigen
  • Patent number: 10602274
    Abstract: Provided is a wearable audio input/output device. The wearable audio input/output device is provided with a frame, a first audio collection unit, a second audio collection unit, and a first speaker. The frame can be mounted to a user. The first audio collection unit is provided on the frame. The second audio collection unit is provided on the frame. The second audio collection unit is arranged such that the distance between the first audio collection unit and mouth of the user is less than the distance between the second audio collection unit and the mouth of the user. The first speaker is provided on the frame between the first audio collection unit and the second audio collection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignees: Onkyo Corporation, DSP Group Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitada Takeshima, Dmitri Lvov, Yaakov Chen
  • Patent number: 10582737
    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 is purposely engineered to change how the front portion responds to an impact force applied substantially normal to the front portion as compared to how other portions of the shell respond to that impact force. In one version, the impact attenuation member is a cantilevered segment formed in the front portion of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Vittorio Bologna, Nelson Kraemer, Thad M. Ide
  • Patent number: 10575579
    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: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    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: 10564424
    Abstract: An image display device including: an image formation device; and an optical system that brings an image from the image formation device to an eyeball of an observer. 0 (degrees)??2<?1?25 is satisfied where an image-formation-device first strike point is where an extended line of an optical axis of the optical system intersects with an image exit surface of the image formation device, a first normal line is normal to the image exit surface of the image formation device passing through the first strike point, an image-formation-device second strike point is where an extended line of a pupil center line of the eyeball of the observer intersects with the image exit surface of the image formation device, a second normal line is normal to the image exit surface of the image formation device passing through the second strike point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eiichi Tanaka, Hirokazu Tatsuta, Yuichi Hasegawa, Kenta Kawamoto
  • Patent number: 10520378
    Abstract: A system for monitoring injuries comprising a plurality of wearable user input devices and a wireless transceiver. Each of the plurality of wearable user input devices may be configured to detect motion patterns of a user. Each of the plurality of wearable user input devices may be configured as performance equipment. The wireless transceiver may be configured to communicate the motion patterns to a user device. The user device may be configured to (i) develop and store reference patterns related to impacts, (ii) compare the detected motion patterns with the reference patterns, (iii) estimate a location and direction of an impact based on the comparison, (iv) accumulate data from the estimated impact with previously suffered impact data, (v) aggregate results based on the accumulated impact data and context information and (vi) generate feedback for the user based on the aggregated results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Invent.ly, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen J. Brown, Hector H. Gonzalez-Banos
  • Patent number: 10492556
    Abstract: A head mounted device for a helmet includes a connection module, a flexible bracket, a power supply seat and a function module. While the flexible bracket is moved relative to the connection module, a position of the power supply seat relative to the helmet is adjusted. While the function module is moved relative to the power supply seat, an orientation of the function unit is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Chia-Feng Lee, Chang-Tse Lee, Kai-Wen Cheng, Wei-Lung Huang
  • Patent number: 10459235
    Abstract: A head-mounted display includes an image display device displaying an image, a mounting member that is fixed to a head of a user, a first ball joint capable of moving and holding the image display device relative to the mounting member and a second ball joint. The first ball joint can move the image display device relative to the mounting member with a first degree of freedom or a third degree of freedom smaller than the first degree of freedom. A socket can selectively change a degree of freedom of the first ball joint between the first degree of freedom and the third degree of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kohei Terada, Miyuki Kusuda
  • Patent number: 10402950
    Abstract: Methods for quantifying pupil swim are disclosed in order to compensate for the same. A target image, in one embodiment, is displayed on a display of a head mounted display (HMD). Images of the target image are captured from a plurality of positions relative to an optical axis of an optics block of the HMD at an exit pupil of the HMD. The target image includes features and differences between observed locations of the features and their expected locations absent the optics block are determined. From these differences, a wavefront of the optics block is reconstructed and distortion corrections for the optics block are generated using the wavefront. The distortion corrections, when applied to a virtual scene, add pre-distortion that is canceled by the optical imperfections of the optics block as light of the virtual scene with the pre-distortion passes through the optics block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Ying Geng, Stephen James McNally, Brett Joseph Bryars, Scott Charles McEldowney, Alexander Jobe Fix, Douglas Robert Lanman
  • Patent number: 10368603
    Abstract: The present disclosure is for a luminous helmet, comprising an outer shell configured to fit over a human head, an inner shell, a light-emitting band arranged along an elongated slit opening on the outer shell, and a light transmitting groove enclosing the light emitting band. In the manufacturing process, the outer shell was formed first, with a slit cut to match the light transmitting groove. The light-transmitting groove, comprising fixing grooves, engage fixing strips extending from edges of the outer shell along the slit opening. This structure then serves as a base to house the light-emitting band, and to receive pressure injection of the inner shell material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: ShenZhen Qianhai LIVALL IOT Technology CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenneth Liu
  • Patent number: 10321729
    Abstract: A helmet comprising a first protective layer, the first protective layer comprising at least one accessory mount portion for receiving an accessory mount or an accessory, the at least one accessory mount portion being arranged integrally as a part of the first protective layer and configured to disintegrate from the rest of the first protective layer in response to a mechanical impact to the at least one accessory mount portion for preventing the accessory mount portion and/or the accessory from penetrating through the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Tespack Oy
    Inventors: Mario Luis Aguilera Robles, Sami Petteri Pfaler, Matti Naskali, Victor Alós Monzó
  • Patent number: 10288865
    Abstract: A night vision goggle adapter, the adapter includes a knob, a yoke, the yoke includes an attachment portion operably connected to a helmet mount, a spring operably placed between the knob and yoke, a shaft, the shaft includes a first end operably connected with the knob, and a second end, a head, the head receives a portion of the shaft and is attached to a night vision google, and a cam pivotally mounted to the second end of the shaft for movement between a release and clamped position to respectively disengage and engage the adapter to the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Norotos, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathon R. Prendergast, Ronald R. Soto
  • Patent number: 10288864
    Abstract: A night vision goggle adapter, the adapter includes a knob, a yoke, the yoke includes an attachment portion operably connected to a helmet mount, a spring operably placed between the knob and yoke, a shaft, the shaft includes a first end operably connected with the knob, and a second end, a head, the head receives a portion of the shaft and is attached to a night vision goggle, and a cam pivotally mounted to the second end of the shaft for movement between a release and clamped position to respectively disengage and engage the adapter to the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Norotos, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathon R. Prendergast, Ronald R. Soto
  • Patent number: 10244812
    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: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Newtonoid Technologies, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Fielding B. Staton
  • Patent number: 10221601
    Abstract: A lighting device comprising an improved hinge assembly, and methods of assembly thereof, are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Streamlight, Inc.
    Inventor: Cleatis Eichelberger
  • Patent number: 10209738
    Abstract: A head-mounted-display adjustment apparatus may include a spring with a restoring force that is, within an elastic limit of the spring, substantially disproportional to deflection of the spring. The adjustment apparatus may also include a mount that couples the spring to a head-mounted display. In addition, the adjustment apparatus may include a strap with a distal section coupled to the head-mounted display and a proximal section coupled to the spring such that (1) the strap is extendable, via deflection of the spring, away from the head-mounted display and (2) when a user is wearing the head-mounted display, the restoring force of the spring holds, via the strap, the head-mounted display against the user's face. Various other head-mounted-display adjustment devices, systems, and methods are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Glen Jason Tompkins, Joseph Patrick Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10206447
    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: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    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: 10182606
    Abstract: A helmet includes a protective shell, a monocular eyepiece and a mounting element. The monocular eyepiece displays an image signal to a wearer of the helmet. The eyepiece includes an electronic input configured to input the image signal and at least one mechanical connector. The mounting element is mechanically connected to the protective shell and to the monocular eyepiece, and is shaped to allow the monocular eyepiece to slide along the mounting element and to be secured in front of a wearer's right eye or left eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: Amit Tal
  • Patent number: 10165819
    Abstract: A system for use in connection with a protective helmet having at least one accessory connection mechanism includes a visor accessory which includes a frame including at least one rearward extending member. The system further includes an adapter including a helmet connector adapted to form a releasable connection with the accessory connection mechanism of the protective helmet and an accessory connector adapted to form a releasable connection with the at least one rearward extending member of the visor accessory. The accessory connector is adapted to be stowed on the at least one rearward extending member when the adapter is not in use to connect to the accessory connection mechanism of the protective helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: MSA Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Klotz, Rebecca Kreke, Kevin R. Ketterer
  • Patent number: 10156727
    Abstract: A strap system for a head-mounted display system includes a rigid bar having an opening at a first end and a vertical slot situated on an outer surface of the rigid bar. The opening extends within the rigid bar in a lateral dimension. The strap system also includes a rigid segment with an end inserted into the opening of the rigid bar in the lateral dimension, one or more compression springs coupled to the rigid segment, a shuttle to press against the one or more compression springs so as to slide along the lateral dimension, and an adjustment strap fixedly coupled to the shuttle and extending beyond the end of the rigid segment and through the vertical slot on the rigid bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robin Michael Miller, Jared I. Drinkwater, Lesley Ribble Magrath, Peter Wesley Bristol, Joseph Patrick Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10143372
    Abstract: An exit pupil locator tool including a connector and a target. The connector is configured to engage an optics component that defines an optics axis of a helmet mounted display. The target includes a reticle, a first aperture, and a second aperture and defines a tool axis that is arranged at an oblique tool angle relative to the optics axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC.
    Inventors: Francois Raynal, Bobby D. Foote
  • Patent number: 10143256
    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, where each structure is independently coupled to the shell with a respective assembly. The structures move independently of one another but are restricted to moving laterally along the outer surface of the shell. The structures each include a foam cell that reduces the magnitude of a head-on impact as the impact transfers from the foam cell to the shell. The assemblies each include an elastomeric donut that reduces the magnitude of a lateral impact as the impact is transferred from the foam cell to the donut assembly to the shell. Thus, a user is protected from the concussive effects of a head-on impact and the rotational acceleration injuries of a lateral impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: AES R&D, LLC
    Inventor: Albert Straus
  • Patent number: 10136220
    Abstract: A Bluetooth neck band headset comprises a tube frame maintaining a shape of the neck band, base frames provided on both sides of the tube frame, a Bluetooth module provided in the base frame and performing two-way data communication by interworking with the terminal of the user, a vibration speaker provided on one surface of each base frame, an earphone coupled to one side of each base frame and outputting sound, a control module controlling any one or more of the vibration speaker, the earphone and the Bluetooth module, a power button provided on one surface of the base frame, and a volume button controlling the intensity of sound output of any one or more of the earphone and the vibration speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: BLUECOM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kwangho Son, Jeong Il Kwon, Sangyoon Shin, Leesub Song, Chungyul Ryu
  • Patent number: 10070674
    Abstract: The invention relates to fancy goods for hooded wearing apparel and, more particularly, to a spring or expanding band for alternatively holding or clenching the opening of a hood of hooded wearing apparel to a set shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Brian Beckers
  • Patent number: 10021931
    Abstract: The conventional surveillance angle, in which activities are observed from a helmet camera mounted at the top, separates a participant of an activity, such as sports, from his immediate experience. A different point of view can be taken from the camera when it is mounted via the Y-shaped accessory mount over the apogee of the helmet chin bar. This point of view is a sousveillance in which the observation is down at a human level so as to allow a consumer of the recorded contents of the sousveillance to connect with the sportsman by vicariously undergoing the immediacy of his sporting experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: SOPRO MOUNTS INC.
    Inventor: Eric Brock Tulley
  • Patent number: 9950238
    Abstract: Systems, methods and software products optimize installation and operation of an object tracking system. Performance of the athlete tracking system is continually monitored and optimized based upon one or more of: statically positioned tags, grouping tags within two or more tag sets to assign ping rates, selecting receiver configuration and aim dynamically based upon environmental and situational conditions. Tracking tags are improved to facilitate coupling of the tag to an athlete and may be self-configurable. A trackable protection pad allows a tracking tag to be positioned substantially horizontal when the athlete is competing. A data replay tool replays location tracking information in chronological order and visually plots location of tracking tags and errors in the determined location. A tag manager automatically configures the tracking tags. A robotic vehicle automated installation of the object tracking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: ISOLYNX, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas J. DeAngelis, Edward G. Evansen, Gerard M. Reilly, Brian D. Rhodes, Joseph M. Gaudreau, Kirk M. Sigel, Alexander T. Farkas
  • Patent number: 9955248
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device is provided. The wearable electronic device includes a first part including a first sound output module, a second part including a second sound output module, a third part disposed between the first part and the second part, a flexible first connection unit configured to connect a first end of the first part and a first end of the third part, and a flexible second connection unit configured to connect a first end of the second part and a second end of the third part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: In Ho Baek, So Young Lee, Ji Yeon Jung, Sang Woo Han, Chang Ryong Heo, In Seok Shim
  • Patent number: 9918506
    Abstract: A helmet safety system for enhancing visibility of a helmet in a hazardous area includes a helmet that may be worn in a hazardous area. A lighting unit is removably coupled to the helmet. The lighting unit may emit light thereby enhancing visibility of the helmet in the hazardous area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Glenn Tatum