With Article-attaching Means Patents (Class 2/422)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9910636
    Abstract: A control device for a portable digital media player is contained within a communications headset attached to a first ear of a user and complimented by an interpreter circuit adaptively paired with that media player. A microphone, located within the headset, is configured to receive vocal commands from the user and transmit those commands, via any wireless communication technology, to the interpreter interface removably inserted into a specialized port of the media player. The electronic circuitry within the adapter searches the input for recognizable phrases which have been pre-programmed to exert control over the media player. The adapter then converts the proper input into control signals for execution in the media player. The output of the media player is wirelessly transmitted back to the headset for the auditory enjoyment of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Jeremy M. Chevalier
  • Patent number: 9908459
    Abstract: An LED fog lamp includes a lamp seat and a light-emitting unit. The lamp seat includes a main housing defining a light cavity with a rear opening, and a lampshade mounted to and covering a front side of the main housing. The light-emitting unit includes a heat-dissipating seat having a mounting portion extending into the light cavity via the rear opening, and a light-emitting module mounted on the mounting portion. A light guide unit is mounted inside the light cavity. A positioning mechanism includes a first aligning member disposed on the main housing, a second aligning member disposed on the heat-dissipating seat, and a positioning member detachably interconnecting the first and second aligning members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: COPLUS INC.
    Inventor: Jacob Wu
  • Patent number: 9867414
    Abstract: A testing apparatus to assess ballistic performance of helmet personnel protective equipment having a flat helmet analog with a helmet shell material in flat panel form and at least one helmet suspension pad; head surrogate components including a skull skin surrogate, a skull bone surrogate, and a brain tissue surrogate; a pressure indicating film adjacent to the head surrogate components; and one or more pressure sensors in the brain tissue surrogate. Also disclosed is the related method for assessing ballistic performance of helmet personnel protective equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: The United States of America, as representedy by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: James P. Thomas, Christopher J. Kindle, Peter Matic, William R. Pogue, III
  • Patent number: 9839558
    Abstract: Roll-off film systems and methods are provided in accordance with one or more embodiments that may be installed on goggle frames or adaptors to goggle frames to provide improved field of vision for users. In particular, film canisters of the roll-off film systems may include a blade section configured to seamlessly contact the goggle frame or the adaptor to the goggle frame. Further, the blade section is configured remove mud or dirt from a used section of clear film when the used section is conveyed into the film canister to prevent excess mud or dirt from entering the film canister. The blade section also is configured to slant away from the lens of the goggle to allow the mud or dirt to fall away from the field of view on the lens to provide better field of view for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: 100% Speedlab, LLC
    Inventors: Marc Guy Blanchard, Ludovic Francis Boinnard, Kevin Michael Sigismondo
  • Patent number: 9833026
    Abstract: Sensor module for sensing forces to the head of an individual and wirelessly transmitting signals corresponding thereto for analysis, tracking and/or reporting the sensed forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Triax Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William G. Eppler, Jr., William D. Hollingsworth, John R. Pavlick, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9810911
    Abstract: A strap system for a head-mounted display system includes a rigid bar, semi-rigid segment, and rigid segment. The rigid bar includes a lateral slot and a vertical slot. The rigid segment includes a first end to fixedly couple to the semi-rigid segment and a second end opposite to the first end. The second end of the rigid segment inserts into the lateral slot from the first end of the rigid bar. The strap system further includes one or more compression springs coupled to the rigid segment, and a shuttle to press against the one or more compressions spring so as to slide along the lateral dimension. The strap system also includes an adjustment strap fixedly coupled to the shuttle and extending beyond the second end of the rigid segment and through the vertical slot on the rigid bar to adjustably couple to the outer surface of the rigid bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: OCULUS VR, LLC
    Inventors: Robin Michael Miller, Jared I. Drinkwater, Lesley Ribble Magrath, Peter Wesley Bristol, Joseph Patrick Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9805582
    Abstract: A method for monitoring and securing a facility without employing a manned control center, according to which a server acquires surveillance data from each of a plurality of distributed surveillance devices deployed within or adjacent to a given security sensitive facility. Then the server receives an intrusion alert from a guard, or from one or more of the plurality of surveillance devices to initiate a triggering event, if the acquired surveillance data is indicative of activity that has been detected at an indicated location. A first guard is alerted and presented with a full situational awareness image to assess the severity of the detected activity and the triggering event is terminated if found by the first guard to be of a low severity, or an interception operation initiated by self-dispatching or dispatching one or more additional guards to a close by location that holds tactical advantage relative to the indicated location if the triggering event was found by the first guard to be of a high severity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Eran Jedwab
  • Patent number: 9788587
    Abstract: A wearable chassis for a helmet has a shape suitable to be worn on a head of a user and being attachable inside a protective structure having a shape protecting the user's from an external impact. The chassis includes one or more connection ports for connecting an electronic device, a control interface for connecting a control unit, a wiring arrangement for connecting the one or more connection ports to the control interface, and a mounting arrangement for attaching an accessory device to the chassis. Moreover, a helmet including such a chassis and the protective structure having a shape protecting a head of a user from an external impact attached to the chassis, as well as a helmet arrangement including such a chassis and one or more protective structures, each having a shape protecting a head of a user from an external impact, removably attachable to the chassis are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: SAVOX COMMUNICATIONS OY AB (LTD)
    Inventors: Pasi Auranen, Mika Bordi, Tomi Kankainen
  • Patent number: 9781965
    Abstract: Remote monitoring of a subject wearing a sports helmet is enabled. In one aspect, an example system includes a safety helmet and a sensor integrated with the helmet for continuously gathering head acceleration force data, the head acceleration force data associated with the head movements of a subject. The system can also include a wireless transceiver coupled to the sensor for transmitting the head acceleration force data and a mobile device for receiving the head acceleration force data from the wireless transceiver. The system can further include a database engine for displaying the head acceleration force data to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert R. Miller, II
  • Patent number: 9719902
    Abstract: A helmet testing apparatus including a movable member, a sensor coupled to the movable member and configured to acquire compliance data regarding a liner disposed within a shell of a helmet through engagement of the sensor with the liner, and a processing circuit configured to determine a rating for the helmet based on the compliance data and predetermined compliance parameters for the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Alistair K. Chan, Geoffrey F. Deane, William D. Duncan, Philip A. Eckhoff, Bran Ferren, William Gates, W. Daniel Hillis, Roderick A. Hyde, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Edward K. Y. Jung, Jordin T. Kare, John Latham, Max N. Mankin, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Robert C. Petroski, Clarence T. Tegreene, David B. Tuckerman, Thomas A. Weaver, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr., Victoria Y. H. Wood
  • Patent number: 9625699
    Abstract: An improved monocular/binocular bridge and helmet mounting device employing same for an optical device are provided. The mounting device herein includes a mount with a bridge attachment for providing multiple options for a monocular or binocular optical device and multiple options for moving the attached optical device to any of multiple stowed positions out of the user's line of sight when the optical device is not in use. The bridge attachment and multiple stow positions also allow the unit to be adapted for a variety of viewing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Justin D. Harris, Travis S. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9622530
    Abstract: An optical device mounting adapter, and system and method for mounting an optical device to a head-worn article are provided. The optical device mounting adapter includes a helmet mount connector. A first arm having a first end is affixed to the helmet mount connector, wherein a second end of the first arm extends away from the helmet mount connector. A second arm is movably attached at a first point to the second end of the first arm, wherein the second arm has an elongated slot formed therein. A mobile support is connected to the second arm, the mobile support having a pin at least partially positioned within the elongated slot, wherein the mobile support is movable along a length of the elongated slot. An optical device connector is affixed to the mobile support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Joseph A. DiCarlo
  • Patent number: 9578409
    Abstract: A piece of headgear or hat is capable of holding and storing an audio device and an earphone or headphone assembly either while the headgear or hat is in use or while it is stored. The headgear or hat has a pocket accessible from an exterior to accept and store the audio device and allow a user to manipulate and use the audio device without removing the headgear or hat. The headgear or hat also has a plurality of apertures so that the common wire set of the earphones or headphones can be threaded and contained therein. The earphone or headphone assembly and the audio device are removable from the headgear or hat for repair, replacement or cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: John Crockran, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9516202
    Abstract: Some embodiments are provided for providing a wireless bridge to local devices on personal equipment systems. Personal equipment systems can include wireless communication systems that allow external systems, users, or both to communicate with and access data from local devices on the personal equipment systems. Personal equipment systems are provided having one or more local devices coupled thereto and in wired communication with one another. Personal equipment systems can include a wireless system and local devices attached to a headgear system, the local devices being in wired communication with one another and in wireless communication with external systems. The wireless communication system is configured to establish a wireless connection with external systems for communicating with and accessing local devices that are in wired communication with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: N2 Imaging Systems, LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Masarik, Matthew James Masarik
  • Patent number: 9498013
    Abstract: A wearable safety apparatus includes a housing, a plurality of directional thermal imaging sensors mounted on the housing and facing outwardly away from the housing in a corresponding plurality of different directions towards thermal zones of a heat source. Each sensor detects infrared radiation (IR) intensity and generates an output indicative of a temperature of the detected IR intensity in a respective thermal zone faced by a respective sensor. An interface is mounted on the housing and has a display positioned to be viewable by a user, e.g., a firefighter. A controller processes the outputs generated by the sensors, and displays at a plurality of spaced-apart positions on the display a plurality of positional thermal indicators when the temperature in the respective thermal zone is elevated. The position of each positional thermal indicator corresponds to the thermal zone faced by the respective sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Darran Michael Handshaw, John E. Buchalo, Mark A. Krizik, Joseph C. Namm, Karthik Lakshminarayanan
  • Patent number: 9495847
    Abstract: A wireless device includes a sensor module that generates sensor data in response to motion of protective headgear, wherein the sensor data includes acceleration data. A device processing module includes an event processing module that analyzes the sensor data to generate power data that represents power of impact imparted to the protective headgear and that generates event data that includes the power data. A short-range wireless transmitter transmits a wireless signal that includes the event data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: THL HOLDING COMPANY, LLC
    Inventors: John W. Howard, Richard Cutler
  • Patent number: 9462839
    Abstract: Sensor module for sensing forces to the head of an individual and wirelessly transmitting signals corresponding thereto for analysis, tracking and/or reporting the sensed forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Triax Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: William G. Eppler, Jr., William D. Hollingsworth, John R. Pavlick, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9451915
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes example systems and methods for identifying an indication of an injury of a user of a wearable computing device. The systems and methods may be directed to determining that an acceleration experienced by the wearable computing device exceeds a threshold value. In response, the wearable computing device may perform a diagnostic procedure in order to identify an indication of an injury experienced by the user of the wearable computing device. The diagnostic procedure may include one or more of an eye response test, a verbal response test, a motor response test, and a visual diagnostic test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Wong, Harvey Ho
  • Patent number: 9438774
    Abstract: Intrapersonal communication systems and methods that provide an optical digital signal link between two or more local devices are disclosed. In some embodiments, the system includes a first signal converter disposed at a first end of the optical digital signal link and configured to convert between, electrical digital signals from a first local device and optical digital signals from the optical digital signal link. The system can include an optical connector having a non-contact portion configured, to couple optical digital signals between the first signal converter and the optical digital signal link across a gap. The system can include a second signal converter disposed at a second end of the optical digital signal link and configured to convert between electrical digital signals from the second local device and optical digital signals from the optical digital signal link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: N2 IMAGING SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: David Michael Masarik
  • Patent number: 9420840
    Abstract: The subject disclosure provides a system and method for remote monitoring of a subject wearing a sports helmet. In one aspect, the system includes a safety helmet and a sensor integrated with the helmet for continuously gathering head acceleration force data, the head acceleration force data associated with the head movements of a subject. The system also includes a wireless transceiver coupled to the sensor for transmitting the head acceleration force data and a mobile device for receiving the head acceleration force data from the wireless transceiver. The system further includes a database engine for displaying the head acceleration force data to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventor: Robert R. Miller, II
  • Patent number: 9417838
    Abstract: A system may include one or more data modules operable to receive, process, and transmit data associated with one or more audio and/or visual cues from surroundings of a user. The system may also include one or more cameras and one or more microphones communicatively coupled to the one or more data modules, where the one or more cameras and the one or more microphones are operable to: record, respectively, the one or more audio and/or visual cues; and transmit, respectively, the data associated with the one or more audio and/or visual cues to the one or more data modules. Also, the system may include one or more speakers driven by audio signals received from the one or more data modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Arvin Baalu, Manu Malhotra, Ravi Lakkundi
  • Patent number: 9339073
    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: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: RLF Industries LLC
    Inventor: Ricardo Lewis de la Fuente
  • Patent number: 9326737
    Abstract: An approach for providing diagnostic information regarding one or more impacts sustained by one or more users while the one or more users are participating in a team activity is described. A diagnostic platform detects one or more impacts sustained by a user, wherein the user is part of a team with one or more other users engaged in a team activity. The diagnostic platform generates a recommendation for a level of participation of the user, the one or more other users, or a combination thereof in the team activity based on the one or more impacts, a severity level of the one or more impacts, or a combination thereof. The diagnostic platform further presents the recommendation, a representation of the severity level, a representation of the level of participation, or a combination thereof in a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventor: Adam J. Simon
  • Patent number: 9316391
    Abstract: Lighted headwear having a brim and a light unit located within the brim. The light unit includes: a holder with a front end and a back end; at least one lens located within the holder at the front end of the holder; and at least one light source located within the holder and axially spaced from the at least one lens such that light produced by the light source projects along the holder, through the lens, and out the front end of the holder. The lighted headwear produces a narrower, longer-distance beam of light than typical lighted headwear, more akin to the light produced by a flashlight or torch, while maintaining the look of a normal hat or cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: OUTDOOR CAP COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Robert E. Fitzgerald, Caitlin A. Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 9131740
    Abstract: A pencil support for construction helmet, the construction helmet being of the type having a slot in the bottom of its lateral side, the slot having an elongated shape. The pencil support comprises a support portion with a back plate and a tongue forming concurrently a receptacle to accommodate a writing instrument. An anchoring portion has a pair of legs projecting downwardly from a bottom of the support portion. One or both at of the legs has a projecting foot at a bottom, and a wedge projecting in an opposite direction above a level of the foot, and a space between the legs being entirely free.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: COMMUNICATIONS ART SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Benoît Renaud
  • Patent number: 9103539
    Abstract: A light-emitting system is provided which is removably attachable to headgear for personal illumination to enhance visibility of the user to others. The light-emitting system includes a housing that defines a receiving aperture and is configured to surround a portion of the headgear when the light-emitting system is removably attached to the headgear for use. The light-emitting system further includes at least one lens and a plurality of lighting elements coupled to the annular housing which are configured to selectively generate a halo or at least a partial halo of light that radiates outwardly away from the annular housing through the at least one lens to provide enhanced personal illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: ILLUMAGEAR, Inc.
    Inventors: John Maxwell Baker, Andrew Royal, Raymond Walter Riley, Mark John Ramberg, Chad Austin Brinckerhoff, John R. Murkowski, Trent Robert Wetherbee, Alexander Michael Diener, Kristin Marie Will, Kyle S. Johnston, Clint Timothy Schneider, Evan William Mattingly, Keith W. Kirkwood, Jonathan Brandt Hadley
  • Patent number: 9072329
    Abstract: A fastening system is provided that detachably connects two hose-shaped or strip-shaped decorative or functional elements to a helmet. The decorative or functional elements are arranged symmetrically to the centerline of the helmet on the helmet shell so as to extend from the front to the temple area of the wearer to neck area of the wearer. Connecting elements of the fastening are detachably connected to the helmet shell or the helmet. The connecting elements are hooks that are connected fixedly to the decorative or functional element and are hooked in the helmet shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: CASCO Group Societate in Comandita Simpla (SCS)
    Inventor: Markus Krauter
  • Patent number: 9062939
    Abstract: A helmet cover comprising an outer shell and a series of internal supports, wherein the helmet cover further comprises an outer shell comprised of a material designed to fracture at the location of an impact greater than a threshold impact, providing an indicator of the strength and location of the impact, and dispersing the force of the impact around the rigid shell of the helmet. The helmet cover further comprises a marker device adapted to release a marker when an impact greater than a threshold impact is realized on the helmet cover. The helmet cover is preferably a thermoplastic material which is not cellular in nature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: John P. Papp
  • Patent number: 9049514
    Abstract: An audio headset includes a pair of earphones and a nape-band. The earphones are secured to the nape-band at respective ends of the nape-band. A pair of suspension elements each have (i) a first end connected to the headset at a location in front of a user's respective ear when the user is wearing the headset, and (ii) a second end connected to the headset at a location behind the user's respective ear when the user is wearing the headset. As such, each suspension element at least partially wraps around a portion of a top of a respective ear of the user to support the headset when the headset is being worn by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventor: Eric M. Wallace
  • Patent number: RE46189
    Abstract: A device and method for assessment of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is described. The device is configured to acquire brain electrical signals from a patient's forehead using one or more neurological electrodes. The acquired brain electrical activity data is subjected to artifact rejection and feature extraction, and a subset of features are then combined in at least one classifier function. The classifier functions statistically place a patient in one of four categories related to the extent of brain dysfunction: 1) normal brain electrical activity; 2) abnormal brain electrical activity consistent with non-structural injury with less severe manifestations of functional brain injury; 3) abnormal brain electrical activity consistent with non-structural injury with more severe manifestations of functional brain injury; and 4) abnormal brain electrical activity consistent with structural brain injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignees: Brainscope Company, Inc., New York University
    Inventors: Leslie S. Prichep, Neil S. Rothman, Douglas C. Oberly, Michael E. Singer