And Face Patents (Class 2/424)
  • Patent number: 11388944
    Abstract: A chin strap includes a protective shell including a curved and convex contour extending between lengthwise ends of the shell, the shell further including a first curved edge extending between the lengthwise ends of the shell and a second curved edge extending between the lengthwise ends of the shell. A cross-section along a lengthwise central axis of the chin strap defines a first shell portion including the first curved edge and a second shell portion including the second curved edge. The first shell portion of the cross-section defines a first surface area between the lengthwise central axis and the first curved edge, and the second shell portion of the cross-section defines a second surface area between the lengthwise central axis and the second curved edge, where the first surface area is less than the second surface area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Connelly, Jedd A. Komlos
  • Patent number: 11337479
    Abstract: A helmet can include a helmet body and a shield. The helmet body can include a front portion and a tail portion, and the shield can include two ear portions connected by a brow portion. The shield can be releasably coupled to the helmet body. The ears of a helmet user can be exposed with respect to the helmet body and covered with respect to the shield. The brow portion of the shield can extend across the front portion of the helmet. The tail portion of the helmet can be tapered and the front portion of the helmet can have a rounded leading edge, such that the helmet body has a tear drop form factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: BELL SPORTS, INC.
    Inventors: Samuel Kass, Robert Wesson
  • Patent number: 11291265
    Abstract: A surgical garment for use with a helmet, wherein the garment comprises a shell, a transparent face shield, and an attachment element coupled to the transparent face shield. The garment may be configured to define a barrier between the wearer and the environment. The attachment element configured to removably couple with a coupling member of the helmet, wherein the attachment element and coupling member comprise complementary coupling surfaces. The attachment element comprises a head having a distal surface and a proximal surface, and defining a coupling recess, the coupling recess is defined in the proximal surface of the head. The garment may comprise a first and second attachment element, with the first attachment element being coupled to upper portion of the transparent face shield and the second attachment element being coupled to lower portion of the transparent face shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan Jefferis, Beau Kidman, Stephen Isham
  • Patent number: 11278077
    Abstract: Provided is a head protection device with multiple face shields, where the head protection device is configured to be able to provide a flow of air to a user of the head protection device. The air flow may be provided by an external air providing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell James Muske, Joseph C. Schneider, Moon Young Huh
  • Patent number: 11253021
    Abstract: A helmet that can effectively reduce the rotational acceleration of an impact and at the same time also effectively reduce translational acceleration is provided. A helmet has an outer shell including a hard material and a shock absorbing liner (14) disposed inside the shell. The shock absorbing liner (14) includes a main body liner (16), a recessed portion (30) provided at an inner surface of the main body liner (16), an insert liner (18) fitted into the recessed portion (30), and a central raised portion (42) (central support member) disposed between a bottom surface of the recessed portion (30) and a bottom surface of the insert liner (18). When the helmet receives an impact, the insert liner (18) swings about the central support member as a fulcrum, thereby reducing the impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: SHOEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Saijo
  • Patent number: 11234476
    Abstract: A protective helmet has a jet helmet part and a chin part which are releasably connected to each other by a coupling part. The chin part and the jet helmet part can be swiveled relative to each other by a swiveling mechanism between an integral helmet position and a jet helmet position. The coupling part includes a coupling element on the chin part and a second coupling element on the jet helmet part, which coupling elements engage to form a mutually releasable form-fit coupling. The swiveling mechanism actuates a locking mechanism where the locking mechanism includes a blocking slider and is designed such that, in the integral helmet position, the blocking slider blocks the first coupling element such that a decoupling of the coupling elements is prevented, and in the jet helmet position, the blocking of the first coupling element is released thereby enabling the coupling elements to be decoupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Andrea Veronese, Udo Wattendorf, Damiano Zanata
  • Patent number: 11219265
    Abstract: Visor for a protective helmet, having two retaining arms and two bearing devices for the retaining arms which are attached to a helmet shell of a helmet in order to pivot the visor between two end positions corresponding to an operational position and a parked position in which the visor is folded up and is disposed on the outer surface of the helmet shell. The visor is provided with a soft lip, preferably made from TPU or TPE, at the location where it comes into contact with the helmet shell in the end positions. When the visor is manually activated to pivot out of an end position, the visor is accelerated by resilient pretensioning in the direction of the other end position until the lip is in contact with the helmet shell substantially without recoil. The lip damps the movement momentum of the visor and additionally has a sealing function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: PFANNER SCHUTZBEKLEIDUNG GMBH
    Inventor: Anton Pfanner
  • Patent number: 11180941
    Abstract: A hinge including: a first leaf assembly accommodating a portion of a first panel having a first cut-out section, the first leaf assembly including a first insert component which is tight fittingly receivable within the first cut-out section; a second leaf assembly, hingedly coupled to the first leaf assembly, for accommodating a portion of a second panel having a second cut-out section; one or more biasing components to bias the hinge toward a closed position; and a dampener to slow movement of the first and second leaf assemblies to the closed position, a first portion of the dampener is located within the first insert component and a second portion is configured to at least partially retract within the first insert component when coming into contact with the second leaf assembly during movement, a second portion of the dampener extends and retracts along an axis coplanar with the first panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Polaris IP Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Michael Christopher Stuart
  • Patent number: 11178930
    Abstract: An improved design for a helmet to reduce injuries caused by helmet-to-helmet collisions. Certain embodiments include novel quick release features that permit the detachment of a facemask from a helmet in 30 seconds or less so as to attend to an injured player in a rapid fashion. Other aspects relate to impact energy absorbing constructions employing an inner layer, an outer layer spaced apart from the inner padding layer, at least one layer that includes an array of polygonal structures, and at least one layer having a shock-absorbing elastomer, a visco-elastic polymer, an impact dispersing gel, or shape memory material. Still other embodiments include a wireless device with a sensor module coupled to the football helmet generating sensor data in response to an impact to the football helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventors: Carter J. Kovarik, Joseph E. Kovarik
  • Patent number: 11172722
    Abstract: A sports face guard for a sports headgear includes a plurality of interconnected wires, wherein a wire of the plurality of interconnected wires has a cross section has a wedge surface with a first longest dimension, the first longest dimension of the wedge surface being in a direction of a major axis of the wire; a base surface with a second longest dimension, the second longest dimension of base surface being in a direction that is perpendicular to the major axis of the wire, the second longest dimension being less than the first longest dimension; wherein the first longest dimension of the wedge surface is longer than the second longest dimension of the second base surface; and wherein the second base surface of the wire comprises a substantially flat or concave surface portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Assignee: JAMIDON LTD.
    Inventor: Jan Sumelius
  • Patent number: 11150055
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an accessory mounting device are disclosed. The device can be adapted to engage an elongated rail. The device can include a body having top, bottom, and first and second side surfaces. Each of the side surfaces can include a rail engagement portion adjacent the bottom surface of the body and an accessory engagement portion adjacent the top surface. The device can also include a locking mechanism including a lever connected to the body at a pivot, and a tab extending from the lever in a direction away from the bottom surface. In one or more embodiments, the locking mechanism can include first and second levers each connected to the body at a pivot. The lever can rotate about a pivot axis in a direction toward the top surface of the body when the locking mechanism is manipulated from a locked position to an unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Avon Protection Ceradyne LLC
    Inventors: Thomas R. Gehring, Vasilios Brachos, Kayla A. McGrath, Evan L. Breedlove
  • Patent number: 11134741
    Abstract: A protective helmet adapted to receive and protect a head of a wearer comprises: an outer shell shaped to protect the head of the wearer, with the outer shell defining a bottom opening and an internal cavity for receiving the head of the wearer; a headband and a suspension positioned within the internal cavity of the outer shell; and a visor rotatable between a retracted position within the outer shell to an extended position in front of a face of the wearer, wherein the visor simultaneously rotates about a first pivot axis and a second pivot axis as it moves between the retracted position and the extended position. The visor can also be readily removed from the protective helmet and easily replaced should it become damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: E.D. Bullard Company
    Inventors: Matthew G. Plunkett, Travis J. Plumlee, Bonnie J. McMurray, Joshua J. M. Haldeman, Pierre-Luc Lussier, Brendan Gallivan
  • Patent number: 11103761
    Abstract: Protective headgear includes, for example, a headgear body that is wearable on a head of a baseball umpire. At least one sensor is configured to generate imaging data that includes a batter in proximity to home plate. A processor analyzes the imaging data to determine a strike zone of the batter and to generate augmented reality data in response thereto. A display device generates a heads up display of the strike zone that is viewable to the baseball umpire during a pitch to the batter, based on the augmented reality data. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: James Shaunak Divine
  • Patent number: 11071596
    Abstract: Described here are self-contained surgical navigation systems which include a head-worn display device to be worn by a user during surgery. The system includes a display generator for generating a visual display on the display device, and a sensor suite having at least one tracking camera. The system further includes a support module including: a user-replaceable, modular battery that is reversibly insertable into a housing of the support module, and a processor unit configured to receive data from the sensor suite and calculate a position and an orientation of at least one marker. The support module is electrically coupled to the head-worn display device to provide power and data to the head-worn display device. The display device and the support module together comprise the entire sensing and computing capability of the system, without requiring external sensors, cameras, computers, or other electrical equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Assignee: Insight Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew William Ryan, Andrew Philip Hartman, Nicholas van der Walt, Jonathan Kirk Nielsen
  • Patent number: 11039654
    Abstract: A protective mask includes a main frame body made of magnesium alloy and having an imaginary vertical central line. The main frame body has a plurality of first rods arranged along the central line, a plurality of second rods, and at least one first protrusion. Each of the first rods has spaced-apart first front and rear surfaces, and two opposite first connecting surfaces interconnecting the first front and rear surfaces. A thickness between the first front and rear surfaces is larger than a thickness between the first connecting surfaces. Each of the second rods is connected between two adjacent ones of the first rods. The first protrusion protrudes from the first front surface of one of the first rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: Shih-Huang Hsu
  • Patent number: 11019873
    Abstract: A helmet mounted visor includes a lens that may be configured to extend across substantially all of a user's face. The helmet mounted visor may include a pair of mount arms coupled to the lens and each configured to releasably mount to a mount attached to a helmet. The pair of mount arms may each including first, second and third portions. The first portion may be rotatably coupled to the second portion about a first axis. The first portion may be rotatably coupled to the third portion about a second axis. The second axis may be generally perpendicular to the first axis. A locking mechanism may be provided and configured to selectively retain the first portion relative to the second portion in and between a use position where the lens is positioned in front of the user's face and a stowage position where the lens is positioned proximate the top of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Duco W. Noordzij, Nathan E. Winters, Matthew Anthony Hanudel
  • Patent number: 10980308
    Abstract: A helmet has a helmet shell. The helmet shell defines an inner space and a passage. The passage has an open end. The passage fluidly communicates with the inner space via the open end. The helmet further comprises an electrical heating device. The electrical heating device is disposed within the helmet shell for heating the passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventor: Gregory Dutour
  • Patent number: 10976551
    Abstract: A display apparatus has an image generator that generates image-bearing light from a surface and a lens spaced apart from the image generator and having an aspheric incident refractive surface concave to the image generator and having an aspheric reflective surface concave to the image generator, wherein a principal axis of the reflective surface is normal to the image generator. A beam splitter plate disposed in free space between the image generator and the lens has first and second parallel surfaces that are oblique to a line of sight of a viewer. The lens and the beam splitter plate define a viewer eye box for the image-bearing light along the line of sight of the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventor: Joshua Monroe Cobb
  • Patent number: 10918153
    Abstract: A helmet can include a protective shell and a layer of energy management material coupled to an inner surface of the protective shell to form a cavity for receiving a head of a user. An earpad can be coupled to the inner surface of the protective shell that comprises an inner surface that further defines a space for an ear of a user. The earpad can further include a leading edge at a front of the helmet, the leading edge extending between the outer surface of the protective shell and the inner surface of the earpad. An air intake opening can be formed at the leading edge of the earpad. An air exhaust opening can be formed at a trailing edge of the earpad. An airflow channel can extend through the earpad between the air intake opening and the air exhaust opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: BELL SPORTS, INC.
    Inventor: Paul Kele
  • Patent number: 10820655
    Abstract: A flocked helmet cover pad (FHCP) attachable add-on to a helmet cover includes a central hub and multiple appendages attached to the central hub. The appendages are shaped and arranged to provide additional impact energy absorption properties for a helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: University of Massachusetts
    Inventors: Armand F. Lewis, Yong K. Kim
  • Patent number: 10795410
    Abstract: An automatic strap-tensioning system is provided for head-worn electronic gear including a microprocessor, a powered drive mechanism and sensors. In use, microprocessor reads the outputs of the sensors and, if prescribed conditions are met, instructs the drive mechanism to tension the straps of the headset. The sensors are used as feedback to control the level of tension in the straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Scott Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10786027
    Abstract: A helmet may include a helmet body, a fit system, a bezel, and a hardware retainer. The helmet body may have an outer shell and an energy management layer. The bezel may be separate from the outer shell and coupled to the helmet body at the vent opening of the helmet, encircle the vent opening, and have a hardware opening extending through the bezel and an anchor opening in the bezel adjacent the hardware opening. The hardware retainer may be positioned behind and coupled to the bezel. The hardware retainer may include a hardware receiving aperture aligned with the hardware opening and a hardware retainer cover coupled to a rear side of the hardware retainer. The hardware retainer may further include an anchor recess aligned with the anchor opening. The bezel may be in-molded into the energy management layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: BELL SPORTS, INC.
    Inventors: Samuel J. Shaffer, Mark A. Busse, Rafael T. Ramirez
  • Patent number: 10736374
    Abstract: A type variable helmet includes a half face unit formed to cover an upper part of a user's head, and an under face unit detachably attached to a lower part of the half face unit and configured to cover a lower part of the head of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KIDO Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jang Hun An, Geun Ho Jwa
  • Patent number: 10702666
    Abstract: A facial sealing segment for a respiratory device includes a sealing flap adapted to sealingly engage the face of a user. The sealing flap is disposed about, and defines, a cutout adapted to receive one or both of the mouth or nares of the user. The facial sealing segment further includes a number of selectively removable portions formed in the sealing flap about the cutout. Each removable portion is defined in the sealing flap by a tear portion. The facial sealing segment may be customized by a method that includes removing at least one of the removable portions by separating the at least one removable portion from the remainder of the sealing flap by severing along the tear portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Sandy Jane Shafer
  • Patent number: 10660392
    Abstract: A helmet includes an operation mechanism, which is accommodated in an accommodation portion, on an outer shell of the helmet for operating an anti-glare visor with a transmission cable. One wall surface at an end of the accommodation portion in an operation direction defines an end surface including an insertion hole extending through the outer shell for passage of the transmission cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SHOEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taku Nimura, Yoshiyuki Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10509299
    Abstract: A device for shielding an outdoor camera from light interference. The light shielding device includes a visor having a brim perpendicularly and pivotally connected to a panel, wherein the panel can rest flush against a support and the brim extends over a camera in order to shield the camera lens from direct sunlight and inclement weather. A first strap extends from a first side of the panel and a second strap extending from a second side of the panel, wherein a distal end of each of the first and second strap removably secure to one another to form a loop. A male and female fastener are disposed at the distal ends of each strap and removably secure the device to the support. In some embodiments, a plurality of teeth extend from an interior side of the panel and can penetrate the support for further securing the device thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Travis Cook
  • Patent number: 10426215
    Abstract: A protective helmet including a helmet body, a facemask extending from the front portion to cover at least a portion of a face of a wearer, and one or more adjustment mechanisms securing the facemask to the helmet body. The adjustment mechanism(s) is/are connected to the helmet, include(s) an engagement member engaged with the facemask, is/are selectively engageable with the facemask in at least two vertically spaced apart positions of the facemask relative to the helmet body, and allow(s) toolless adjustment between the vertically spaced apart positions. Adjustment mechanisms and methods of positioning a facemask are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: SPORT MASKA INC.
    Inventors: Sebastien Morin, Pierre-Luc Beauchamp, Simon Langlois, Brian William Steenbrink, Nicole Jacqueline Wiart, Simon-Pierre Germain
  • Patent number: 10423000
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosed apparatuses, methods and systems provide coating profiles for optics of a stereoscopic vision system configured to reduce unwanted light. Offset masks are used to provide gradient coating thicknesses. A method of forming the optical system with coatings and mechanical holder used during the method also are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Meta View, Inc.
    Inventors: Ashish Ahuja, Zhangyi Zhong, Jackson Wilkins, Raymond Chun Hing Lo, Alan Beltran
  • Patent number: 10357076
    Abstract: Visor assembly (1) comprising an outer shield (2) and an inner shield (6) which is arranged at a distance therefrom and lies within the periphery of the outer shield, wherein a spacer (7) extending along the periphery of the inner shield is provided in order to hold the inner shield at a predetermined distance from the outer shield, wherein mechanical fixing means (10, 12) are arranged between the two shields for mutual fixation thereof, wherein the inner shield is formed at the position of its periphery such that a protrusion (7) from the inner shield is obtained, this protrusion forming the spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: PWL & RS PATENTS BVBA
    Inventor: Paul Wilhelmus Lipkens
  • Patent number: 10327497
    Abstract: The present invention is a helmet-mounted radio assembly with extended controls. In the helmet-mounted radio assembly, a radio device is removably mounted on a helmet. The radio device includes extensions connected to the microchips for controlling various functions thereof. The extensions extend outside of a body of the radio device, and control dials are provided at distal end of the extensions. Thus, a user can have extended controls ergonomically located within easy reach thereof for controlling the regular functions, like volume control, changing channel frequency, or switching on/off the radio device. The helmet-mounted radio assembly utilizes reliable mounting arrangement, such as use of band and clips, screws or other suitable mounting member for removably mounting the radio device to the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Otoniel Florez
  • Patent number: 10265234
    Abstract: Arrangements described herein relate to systems, apparatuses, and methods for a head cradle pad configured to be affixed to a head cradle of a medical device, the head cradle pad includes a first section corresponding to a shape of a top portion of the head cradle, a second section corresponding to a shape of a bottom portion of the head cradle, and a center connection portion connecting the first section and the second section. The first section and the second section are shaped to form spatial gaps when the head cradle pad is in a flat state when the head cradle pad is un-affixed to the head cradle. The first section and the second section are shaped to eliminate the spatial gaps when the head cradle pad is affixed to the concave surface of the head cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: NEURAL ANALYTICS, INC.
    Inventors: Jan Zwierstra, Lane Stith
  • Patent number: 10234688
    Abstract: An apparatus can include headwear having a head receiver that is pivotally coupled to a first shield. A second shield can be attached to the headwear exterior to the first shield. The second shield can include a holographic optical element. An electronic device can be coupled to, or alternatively integrated with, the first shield. One or more processors of the electronic device can determined whether the first shield is in a first position relative to the head receiver or a second, angularly displaced position. Where the first shield is in the first position, the one or more processors can operate the electronic device in a virtual reality mode of operation. Where the first shield is in the second, angularly displaced position, the one or more processors can operate the electronic device in an augmented reality mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Scott DeBates, Grant Lloyd
  • Patent number: 10212982
    Abstract: A chin guard support mechanism includes first and second fixed-side members, and a moving-side member fixed to the chin guard. When the chin guard pivots forward from a down position in a rising direction, an annular following surface provided on the moving-side member pivots forward while following an annular followed surface provided on the second fixed-side member to make the chin guard rise while moving forward. It is possible to provide a helmet that allows the chin guard support mechanism capable of relatively excellently raising/lowering the chin guard to have a simple structure, allows to operate the chin guard support mechanism smoothly, obviates the necessity of making the structure in a region including an end of the chin guard including the chin guard support mechanism and a vicinity thereof bulky, and obviates the necessity of making the widthwise size of the helmet large.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: SHOEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Taku Nimura
  • Patent number: 10149510
    Abstract: Implementations of a helmet liner are provided. In some implementations, the helmet liner may be configured to be worn in conjunction with a helmet and/or a headset (e.g., a communication and/or hearing protection headset). In this way, the helmet liner may be used to provide localized thermal comfort for the wearer's head when a helmet and/or a headset is worn. In some implementations, the helmet liner may have a dome-like shape configured for anatomically fitting the head of a wearer. In some implementations, the helmet liner may comprise a front portion, a top portion, a back portion, a first side portion, and a second side portion. In some implementations, the helmet liner may further comprise a first slot and a second slot that extend through the first side portion and the second side portion, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Trent Zimmer
  • Patent number: 10108012
    Abstract: A glare visor (13) for reducing ambient light intensity perceived by a wearer viewing a head-up display (3) employing display light (7) including a given wavelength(s) of light. The visor includes a visor body comprising optically transparent material which is partially absorbing of light of visible optical wavelengths thereby to reduce the intensity of ambient light transmitted therethrough to the wearer. A transparent optical coating (12) is formed upon a surface of the visor body which is partially transmissive of light of visible optical wavelengths amongst which it is preferentially transmissive of light of a sub-range of wavelengths for including therein the wavelength(s) of display light. This permits a perceived enhancement of contrast between display light (7) relative to ambient light (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: BAE Systems plc
    Inventors: Colin Richard Mills, Ian Marshall
  • Patent number: 10098407
    Abstract: A helmet can include a protective shell and a layer of energy management material coupled to an inner surface of the protective shell to form a cavity for receiving a head of a user. An earpad can be coupled to the inner surface of the protective shell that comprises an inner surface that further defines a space for an ear of a user. The earpad can further include a leading edge at a front of the helmet, the leading edge extending between the outer surface of the protective shell and the inner surface of the earpad. An air intake opening can be formed at the leading edge of the earpad. An air exhaust opening can be formed at a trailing edge of the earpad. An airflow channel can extend through the earpad between the air intake opening and the air exhaust opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Kele
  • Patent number: 10004968
    Abstract: A helmet training aid for obscuring the vision of a user. The helmet training aid includes a panel having a pair of distal ends securely affixed to a pair of opposing blinders. A fastener is secured at a lower end of each blinder, wherein the fastener removably secures each blinder to an opposing side of a helmet such that an upper end of each blinder covers an open portion of the helmet therebetween a brim and a cage of the helmet. The panel contains one or more fasteners on a first surface that removably secures to the cage of the helmet. In an alternative embodiment, opposing sidewalls of the blinders flare outwardly from the lower end to the upper end, the fastener on each blinder is secured to a protrusion at the lower end, and the panel is made of a mesh material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventors: Steven Valadez, James Yarbrough
  • Patent number: 9949521
    Abstract: A shield includes one or more protrusion members having shapes protruding from an outer surface of the shield are provided or, alternatively, one or more recesses having shapes depressed from the outer surface of the shield are carved. The one or more protrusion members or the one or more recesses are located at vicinities of both side positions on the shield for covering a face where the lateral width of the shield in right and left directions becomes a maximum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: SHOEI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eiji Isobe
  • Patent number: 9924756
    Abstract: A total contact helmet, including a rigid body that is customized to an individual's head for being in direct contact with the head and having a force distribution mechanism for distributing the force of an impact laterally to a large surface area of the rigid body. A method of protecting the head of an individual by the individual wearing a total contact helmet including a rigid body that is customized to the individual's head for being in direct contact with the head and having a force distribution mechanism for distributing the force of an impact laterally to a large surface area of the rigid body, 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. A method of decreasing risk of concussion and head injury in an individual by wearing the total contact helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Stephen Craig Hyman
  • Patent number: 9883709
    Abstract: A helmet can include an upper body comprising an interior surface comprising a locking flange, and a lower body positioned at least partially inside the upper body. The lower body can comprise an edge in contact with the locking flange of the upper body. At least one joining pin can be located within, and bridge, the lower body and the upper body. An at least one basket pair can comprise an upper basket comprising a pin receiver, the upper basket being at least partially embedded within the upper body. A lower basket can comprise a pin aperture, the lower basket being at least partially embedded within the lower body and positioned such that the pin aperture is aligned with the pin receiver of the basket pair. The at least one joining pin can be positioned inside both the pin aperture and the pin receiver of the basket pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin W. Penner, Ben D. Pritz, Gregg T. Jacobsen
  • Patent number: 9851562
    Abstract: An optical device comprising an optical grating structure embedded between media of substantially the same optical refractive index, the structure having an optical coating at the interface between the two media, wherein the structure comprises grating facets inclined relative to the interface plane such that, in use, anomalous optical effects due to coating are substantially reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: The Technology Partnership PLC
    Inventor: Roger Clarke
  • Patent number: 9814278
    Abstract: Protective headgear for use in dangerous and/or hazardous locations may comprise: a headgear shell; a locator device on the headgear shell for providing location data; a motion sensor on the headgear shell for providing motion data; a memory on the headgear shell and having a unique identifier stored therein and configured to store the location data and the motion data; a transmitter-receiver for transmitting the location data, the motion data and the unique identifier to a remote database and for receiving notification data therefrom; and a user interface responsive to the received notification data to provide a visual notification or an audible notification or a physical notification or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Avante International Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Kwong-Tai Chung, Albert Han-Ping Chung, Yulin Huang
  • Patent number: 9743702
    Abstract: A catcher's mask comprises a two-piece plastic shell composed of a rigid front shell and a rigid rear shell. The front and rear shells are connected by a strap harness attached to the front shell and have padding assemblies. The front shell has ventilation holes including dual ear holes positioned over the wearer's ears and a full jaw protector integrally formed as part of front shell. A wire faceguard is removably attached to the front shell extending over the ear holes. A front liner is installed in the brow area, crown area, and side areas of the front shell, a middle liner extending around the rear inner surface of the front shell, a suspended foam jaw pad, and a central chin pad. The rear shell has a concave padding assembly comprised of a concave TPU shock absorbing layer, and a nested concave comfort layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Kranos IP Corporation
    Inventors: Cortney Warmouth, Louis Anthony VanHoutin, Vincent R. Long, Dan Meyer
  • Patent number: 9707829
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes various vehicle window assemblies including a photochromic window and a mounting assembly surrounding at least part of the window. The mounting assembly may be sized and configured for mounting to the cabin of a vehicle. The photochromic window may include a region configured to at least partially inhibit transmission of light in a visible, IR or UV frequency range upon exposure to a level of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Yu-An Lo
  • Patent number: 9700096
    Abstract: A contact surface, such as a seating surface on a mandible guard is adjustable such that variations in helmet geometry and/or mandible geometry can be accommodated. The mandible guard may be fixedly attached to a helmet with an attachment arm, yet be configured to permit adjustment of the height of the contact surface to reduce or eliminate a gap between the helmet and a guard portion of the mandible guard. A tilt arrangement may be provided between the attachment arm and the guard portion of the mandible guard to allow a wearer to adjust a pitch angle of the guard portion relative to the attachment arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Revision Military S.a.r.L.
    Inventors: Michael James McGinn, St├ęphane Lebel, Dominic Giroux Bernier
  • Patent number: 9682612
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes various vehicle window assemblies including a photochromic window and a mounting assembly surrounding at least part of the window. The mounting assembly may be sized and configured for mounting to the cabin of a vehicle. The photochromic window may include a region configured to at least partially inhibit transmission of light in a visible, IR or UV frequency range upon exposure to a level of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: THUNDER POWER NEW ENERGY VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Yu-An Lo
  • Patent number: 9681695
    Abstract: A protective helmet including a chin cup with a body and two opposed connecting arms, each connecting arm being connected to the helmet body through a connection allowing relative movement between the connecting arm and the helmet body. A fastening system is selectively movable between a first position where the fastening system restrains the relative movement between the connecting arm and the helmet body and a second position where the fastening system frees the relative movement between the connecting arm and the helmet body along the connection. A method of adjusting a position of a chin cup in a protective helmet is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignees: SPORT MASKA INC., LES EQUIPEMENTS DE GARDIEN DE BUT MICHEL LEFEBVRE INC.
    Inventors: Pierre-Luc Beauchamp, Michel Lefebvre, Patrick Lefebvre, Sebastien Morin
  • Patent number: 9655398
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a protective helmet (1) comprising a chin guard (11) removable from an operating position, for protecting the chin, characterized in that the shell (21) of the helmet (1) is provided with a portion (31) for coupling with the chin guard (11) when removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Ci.ERRE.E S.r.l.
    Inventor: Ferruccio Zanchi
  • Patent number: 9656148
    Abstract: A protective football helmet is provided having a face guard mounting system with at least one pair of opposed recessed mounting regions that ensure a low-profile mounting arrangement for a face guard to the helmet. The recessed mounting regions are formed in both the inner and outer surfaces of the helmet shell along a frontal opening in the shell. As a result of the streamlined frontal appearance provided by the face guard mounting system, the width of the face guard closely corresponds to the width of the helmet at the recessed mounting regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Vittorio Bologna, Nelson Kraemer, Thad M. Ide
  • Patent number: 9504288
    Abstract: A helmet including an engagement device for engaging a visor with a remaining portion of the helmet is described. The engagement device is adapted to engage the visor in two distinct engagement positions, wherein, in a first engagement position, the visor is in a first spatial relationship with respect to the remaining portion of the helmet and, in a second engagement position; the visor is in a second spatial relationship with respect to the remaining portion of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: AGV S.P.A.
    Inventors: Carlo Filippo Ratti, Emiliano Taccioli