And Face Patents (Class 2/424)
  • 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, Stéphane Lebel, Dominic Giroux Bernier
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9498014
    Abstract: A protective helmet having an inner shell and an outer shell assembly. Internal padding contacts an inner surface of the inner shell and an energy absorbing layer is positioned between the inner shell and the outer shell assembly. The outer shell assembly includes a plurality of rigid, outer shell segments with at least one of the outer shell segments designed and arranged to move relative to the other outer shell segments upon receiving an impact force. The external energy absorbing layer and the outer shell assembly dampens impact energy before it reaches the inner shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: KRANOS IP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael M. Princip, James C. Wingo, Jeremy J. Thompson
  • Patent number: 9451801
    Abstract: A headgear accessory attachment apparatus includes a band having an adjustable size for fitting about a circumference of various outdoor sports helmets such as bicycle, skateboarding, snow sport, mountaineering, equestrian helmets, military helmets, and hard hats used in material moving, dock loading, and airport baggage handling. The accessory attachment apparatus provides the wearer an easy means to attach headgear accessories such as headlamps, helmet cameras, rear lights, goggles, visors, brims, and decorative embellishments to the helmet. The accessories may be permanently or temporarily secured to the accessory apparatus. In one headgear accessory attachment apparatus, the band includes a stop surface that opposes a bottom surface of the headgear when the apparatus is affixed to the headgear such that the apparatus is prevented from becoming dislodged during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: BRYAN FAMILY ENTERPRISES LLC
    Inventors: Teresa A. Bryan, John E. Bryan
  • Patent number: 9445639
    Abstract: A motorcycle helmet can include one or more internally mounted sensors within the motorcycle helmet. The sensors can be positioned within an embedded electronics layer which can include electronic components. The components can include logic processing components. The layer can be sandwiched between an outer shell of the helmet and an inner shell of the helmet. A software program executing within the logic processing components can receive input from the sensors in real-time. The software can automatically execute a programmatic action in response to receiving the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Inventors: Peter Aloumanis, Elias W. Aloumanis
  • Patent number: 9433253
    Abstract: A visor assembly includes a main visor secured to a helmet and a movable visor extension for increasing the operational length of the main visor to inhibit debris from striking the goggles or face of the rider during use. The visor assembly further includes a latching mechanism for maintaining the visor extension in a retracted position, a pair of biasing members for biasing the visor extension into an extended position when the latching mechanism is released, and guide tracks and guide-stops for guiding and stopping forward movement of the visor extension at the end of travel into the extended position. The visor extension is readily available to the rider to be used when needed without stopping, is positioned under the helmet visor when not needed so that it is out the way, and can be fitted onto conventional helmets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: MF Designco, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Neal McKinney
  • Patent number: 9433252
    Abstract: A helmet accessory attachment system may include an attachment portion comprising a biasing element, a position member, and a movable member. The movable member may be selectively moveable between a home position which is a first distance from the position member and a release position which is a second distance from the position member. The biasing element may bias the movable member toward the home position. The helmet accessory attachment system also may include a mounting portion attachable to a helmet. The mounting portion may include a first channel to receive the movable member at a first opening and a second channel to receive the position member at a second opening. A third distance between the first opening of the first channel and the second opening of the second channel may be greater than the first distance from the movable member to the position member in the home position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Revision Military S.ar.L.
    Inventors: Stéphane Lebel, Dominic Giroux Bernier, Michael James McGinn
  • Patent number: 9415664
    Abstract: A windshield control device is configured such that a position and/or an angle in a height direction of a windshield attached to a front part of a vehicle is optionally adjusted by an actuator. The windshield control device includes receiving means that receives a signal related to a head set having a microphone used by a rider, and control means that drives and controls the windshield. The control means upwardly moves the windshield according to the signal received by the receiving means. The signal is a tone signal input from the microphone or a manipulated signal of an active switch for operating the head set or the receiving means. The windshield is upwardly moved according to magnitude of the tone signal input from the microphone after the receiving means is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Hoshi, Yojiro Tsutsumi, Takeshi Konno, Kenji Suzuki, Sadanao Ichimi, Masakuni Ando
  • Patent number: 9365692
    Abstract: This invention relates to impact absorbing foams. These foams comprise a polymeric foam and ceramic particulates dispersing the foam. These foams have numerous uses, including, for example, as interior pads for football helmets, and the like, for reducing head injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Provee Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Karl-Heinz Schofalvi, Ji Seung Kim, Christopher James Durning
  • Patent number: 9314060
    Abstract: A reinforced and impact attenuating helmet comprising a shell configured to receive a head of a wearer of the helmet, the shell comprising an outer surface and an inner surface; a series of linked coils; filler material; wherein the series of linked coils are entirely encased within the filler material to form a reinforcement layer, the reinforcement layer having a first surface and an opposing surface, the first surface of the reinforcement layer generally facing toward the inner surface of the shell, the reinforcement layer being located proximate the inner surface of the shell, forming a basic helmet assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: Brian C. Giles
  • Patent number: 9317071
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a first body, a second body and a hinge module. The hinge module includes a first pivot component, a second pivot component and a sliding component. The first pivot component fixed on the first body has a positioning portion. The second pivot component is fixed on the second body. The first pivot component is pivoted to the second pivot component. The sliding component slidably disposed at the second pivot component has a positioning structure. When the positioning structure is on a moving path of the positioning portion and the first pivot component rotates and drives the positioning portion to arrive at the positioning structure, the positioning structure interferes with the positioning portion to position the first pivot component. When the first pivot component rotates reversely, the positioning portion pushes the sliding component and the positioning structure moves away from the moving path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Chin-Lung Fan
  • Patent number: 9295297
    Abstract: An eye protector includes a lens configured to protect the wearer from projectiles, and an optically clear stack attached to the lens. The stack can have one or more removable layers. The eye protector also includes an optically clear dry mount adhesive layer attaching the stack to the lens. The dry mount adhesive may be self-wetting to attach the stack to the lens so that air between the stack and the lens can be removed after the stack is attached and/or adhered to the lens, for example, by applying pressure across the surface of the stack. The refractive indices of the lens, the dry mount adhesive, and each removable layer are matched to within about 0.2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Racing Optics, Inc.
    Inventor: Bart E. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9277780
    Abstract: Disclosed is a protective helmet designed to be worn by an electrician, including: an outer shell (2); a face shield (3) integral with the helmet (1), the face shield is irremovably secured to the outer shell and is mobile relative to the outer shell, and allows a stowed position in which it is at least partially inserted into an inner space of the helmet (1) which is defined by the outer shell, and a working position in which it projects from the inner space; and a flexible flap (4) integral with the helmet, which is irremovably secured to the face shield, and mobile relative to the face shield, and which further allows a retracted configuration in which it at least partially covers a surface (16) of the face shield and a working configuration in which it is deployed and extends the face shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: SOCIETE ANONYME DES ETS CATU
    Inventor: Nicolas Hillion
  • Patent number: 9241527
    Abstract: A visor for a helmet includes a lens having a top edge that slopes downward from a top center point to first right and left curve points, at the first curve points the top edge begins to slope more aggressively toward second right and left curve points, and more aggressively toward right and left side edge points. A plane of sight along the vertical extent of the lens is displaced above the plane intersecting the side edge points. The lens has a thickness defined between an inner concave surface and an outer convex surface; the inner and outer surfaces having different radii of curvatures. The lens tapers from the center toward the outer edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Revision Military S.a.r.L.
    Inventors: Dominique Croteau, Stéphane Lebel
  • Patent number: 9192845
    Abstract: A resilient mouth guard retention apparatus for securing a mouth guard to an exterior surface of a helmet during temporary periods of non-use without permanently deforming said mouth guard. The retention apparatus is configured to provide a mouth guard retention space between the retention apparatus and helmet when the retention member is attached to the helmet and stretched in a first direction away from the helmet and apply an engagement force to a mouth guard when disposed in the mouth guard retention space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventors: James Y. S. Ho, Eric Yabu
  • Publication number: 20150135417
    Abstract: Methods and devices for adjusting the position of a mandible guard relative to a helmet are disclosed. Adjustment of the mandible guard may be performed by a user while the user is wearing the helmet and/or without the use of tools. A mandible guard adjustment system may be combined with an attachment system for attaching and removing the mandible guard to a helmet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Stéphane Lebel, Dominic Giroux Bernier, Richard Coomber
  • Publication number: 20150135416
    Abstract: A horizontally extendable retrofit assembly for a helmet visor that extends for protection of the wearer's the face. A retrofit visor attachment for a helmet visor includes a flexible polymer visor shaped to connect to existing fixed helmet visors commonly found on motocross helmets. Such an add-on will fit a multitude of helmet configurations. The retrofit includes a visor and a stowage mechanism for enabling the visor to extend and retract underneath the preexisting fixed visor. When in the usage position, the retrofit visor increases the horizontal surface area of visor-retrofit combination so that the amount of protection provided by the fixed visor is substantially increased. Thus, so is the amount of protection to the exposed portions of a wearer's face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Roy Hendl
  • Patent number: 9032548
    Abstract: In this invention, a visor is configured to be inserted into a slit of a movable plate. One of an engaging projecting portion and an engaging concave portion is provided on the visor, and the other is provided on the movable plate. When the visor pivots in a first direction about the engaging projecting portion, a concave corner portion of the visor comes into contact with a first position regulating portion of the movable plate, thereby impeding the pivotal movement of the visor. When the visor pivots in a second direction, the outer wall surface of the visor comes into contact with wall portions of the movable plate, thereby impeding the pivotal movement of the visor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Shoei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eiji Isobe
  • Publication number: 20150130945
    Abstract: A smart helmet includes a helmet shell, a visor, and a projector mounted on the helmet shell. The helmet shell defines an internal cavity and a passage communicating with the internal cavity. The internal cavity is configured to receive an user's head. The visor is rotatably coupled to the helmet shell, and is configured to expose or cover the passage. The projector is configured to introduce content for display onto the visor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: CHIA-CHEN YU, BO-HAN CHU, HOW-WEN CHIEN
  • Patent number: 9027163
    Abstract: A facemask for a helmet. The helmet includes a forehead area and two side areas. The facemask comprises a plurality of intersecting, integral metal supports forming a face protection area. The face protection area includes a top section, two side attachment sections and a front section. The top section can be shaped to conform to and attached to the forehead area of the helmet while each side attachment section can be shaped and formed to attach to one of the side areas of the helmet. Further, the front section can extend from the top section and each attachment section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20150113711
    Abstract: A balaclava designed for covering a wearer's head and at least part of their neck has a face opening, and a removable, face conforming mask is releasably securable to the balaclava to cover part of the face opening corresponding to the part of a wearer's face below the eyes. The mask is designed to conform to the general contours of a wearer's lower face including the nose and mouth region, and has appropriate openings for breathing purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Kyoung KIM
  • Publication number: 20150113712
    Abstract: An improved personal protective eyewear device and composition. The device comprises an arc flash faceshield to address issues regarding optical clarity, specifically full color acuity. The compound, which may be used with faceshields and similar PPE, provides a clear grey shield through the use of an infrared dye in that produces a true color lens. Unlike traditional green faceshields, the grey faceshield is a medium-density filter that allows 100% colour acuity. The faceshield is preferably manufactured with polycarbonate material for high-impact and high-mass performance. Most preferably, the faceshield provides protection in the amount of 8.2 cal/cm2 or a category 2 arc hazard exposure protection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Jack Bouton Hirschmann, JR., Randell Bouton Hirschmann
  • Publication number: 20150113713
    Abstract: A shield for a helmet includes a shield having a sun visor rotatably and axially supported at a position different from a rotation center of the shield. The sun visor rotates within a range from a first position where the sun visor, like a bill of a hat, lies above a front opening part and projects forward to a second position where the sun visor lies outside facing the shield in an overlapping manner, and the sun visor is retained in the first position. The sun visor is operated and moved forward and away from the shield to rotate from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Michio Arai
  • Patent number: 9004801
    Abstract: A face shield, such as a visor, mounts to a protective helmet using a mounting assembly. The mounting assembly has a base, a spacer assembly, and a pair of posts. The base is disposed on the interior of the helmet. The posts are connected to the base and extend outwardly into the holes that are formed in the side of the helmet. The posts may or may not extend completely through the holes formed in the helmet. The spacer assembly engages the first and second posts such that the helmet is disposed between the base and the spacer assembly. The spacer assembly receives corresponding fasteners that attach the face shield to the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Wally Wayne Tatomir
  • Publication number: 20150082522
    Abstract: A protection device (1) shaped like a helmet, apt to be worn on by a health operator during surgery, comprising: —a main body (2) shaped as a helmet shielding the operator's head, which main body (2) is worn on jointly to a lens (200); and—means (3) for forced circulation of air in an internal environment (20) accommodating the operator's head and defined by said main body (2) and by the associated vision element (200), which forced circulation means (3) comprises air inletting means (31) and air suction means (32), the latter apt to cause an evacuation of exhausted air from the environment (20) accommodating the subject's head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Giorgio Rosati, Marco Vagliviello, Franz Kogler, Stefan Tripolt
  • Publication number: 20150082521
    Abstract: A sports helmet optimizes the full peripheral field of vision of its wearer. The optical properties of the entire protective shell will allow the transmission of light, while reflecting a colored appearance externally, and remaining antireflective from the eye of the wearer. Internal padding and face guard also enhance the transmission of light compared to existing designs. Helmets constructed in accordance with the invention are made with a transparent shell material, with one or more optical layers to achieve an anti-reflective view from the eye side of the helmet and an acceptable appearance on the external surface of the shell. Single or multiple metalized thin films may be used to create a one-way mirror effect. In other embodiments see-through graphics may be used with microdot patterns. In certain embodiments, multiple optical coatings may be used to achieve a desired combination of transparency and light-absorbing properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Adam S. Hassan
  • Patent number: 8984672
    Abstract: There is disclosed a visor comprising at least one transparent plate, in which or on which a light-sensitive material is provided, which material has the property of transmitting less light as more light is incident thereon. In particular UV light-intensity-activated, UV light-blocking pigments, photochromatic pigments are used in the light-sensitive material. The light-sensitive material, which may be fixedly or detachably provided on the transparent plate, is transparent in the deactivated condition thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Pinlock Patent B.V.
    Inventor: Derek Leslie Arnold
  • Patent number: RE45459
    Abstract: A protective helmet includes: a rigid shell including a generally domed-shaped section, a three attenuating liner within the dome-shaped section shell and operatively connected to the rigid shell; and a visor mount in operative connection with the force attenuating liner, the visor mount be adapted to have a visor mounted thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: MSA Technology, LLC
    Inventors: F. Joseph Hersick, Kevin R. Ketterer, Robert E. Klotz